Expanding Health Care Coverage

Project Title

Health Enrollment Project Renewal

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage

Date Awarded

April 6, 2015







More than 1 million individuals have enrolled in public and private coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace.

Consumer assistance has played a critical role in helping previously uninsured individuals understand their health insurance options and apply for coverage—in New York alone, fully half of all those who enrolled in coverage relied on in-person assistance. Significant work remains, however, to eliminate barriers to coverage for more than 1 million New Yorkers who remain uninsured and to help those who did enroll renew their coverage. To complement the State’s efforts to engage and enroll uninsured residents, NYHealth launched in 2014 a statewide enrollment network of community-based organizations to conduct education, outreach, enrollment, and referrals. These organizations directly reach populations known to be uninsured at disproportionately high rates: low-wage workers; immigrants; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender New Yorkers. The New York Community Trust provided funds to support additional grantees, allowing NYHealth to award a grant to South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) in 2013 to participate in this initiative. Along with continued grant support from The New York Community Trust (NYCT), NYHealth awarded SACSS a second grant to continue these efforts in 2015.

With NYHealth and NYCT funding, SACSS undertook a comprehensive range of consumer engagement activities and enrolled uninsured New Yorkers into coverage. Specifically, SACSS enrolled as many uninsured low-wage workers and immigrants as possible, with a particular focus on South Asian residents in Queens.

View a complete list of 2015 Enrollment Network grantees.