ACA IPA/Navigator Program

Affordable Care Act: IPA/Navigator Program
In July of 2013, the Governor announced contract awards for the New York State Department of Health's In-Person Assistor/Navigator program, which will serve the state as the primary facilitator of enrollment in health insurance through the newly established Health Benefit Exchange.

The Brooklyn Alliance was awarded the contract to provide these services in Brooklyn to both individuals and small businesses. We are honored to have been chosen to support the state during this landmark time of health insurance reform and implementation. 

The Brooklyn Alliance is partnering with the Brooklyn Public Library to facilitate onsite enrollment services in communities all across Brooklyn.

Below is the schedule of sites, including hours of operation and languages spoken:

For assistance in multiple languages enrolling in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and the NY State of Health, call our Navigator Hotline:  718-875-9300

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce - By Appointment Only
335 Adams Street, Suite 2700 
Brooklyn NY 11201 
English, French, Italian, Spanish, Catonese, Mandarin, Russian & Albanian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am - 5pm

Brooklyn Public Library - Mapleton Branch - By Appointment & Walk-in
1702 60th Street Brooklyn NY 11204 
English, Albanian, French, Italian  
Monday: 10am - 5pm (French, Italian, Albanian) 

Brooklyn Public Library - East Flatbush Branch - By Appointment & Walk-in
9612 Church Avenue Brooklyn NY 11212 
Tuesdays: 1 pm - 8 pm

Brooklyn Public Library - Marcy Branch - By Appointment & Walk-in
617 Dekalb Avenue Brooklyn NY 11216 
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (English)

Brooklyn Public Library - Sunset Park Branch - By Appointment & Walk-in
5014 4th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11220 
English, Cantonese & Mandarin 
Tuesdays: 1:00 pm-8:00pm
2nd Saturday of each month 10 am - 3 pm

Brooklyn Public Library - Greenpoint Branch - By Appointment & Walk-in
107 Norman Avenue Brooklyn NY 11222 
English, Cantonese/Mandarin
Wednesdays: 1:00pm-8:00pm

Brooklyn Public Library - Flatbush Branch - By Appointment & Walk-in
22 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn NY 11226 
Thursday: 10:00 am-5:00pm

Brooklyn Public Library -  Kings Highway Branch - By Appointment & Walk-in
2115 Ocean Avenue Brooklyn NY 11229 
English, Russian
Tuesday: 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
1st Saturday of Each Month: 10am - 3pm

For all media requests, please contact Clemente Lisi, Vice President for Marketing and communications at 718-875-1000 x 111.

NY State of Health is an organized marketplace designed to help people shop for and enroll in health insurance coverage.  Individuals, families and small businesses will be able to use the Marketplace to help them compare insurance options, calculate costs and select coverage online, in-person, over the phone or by mail.  The Marketplace will help people to check their eligibility for health care programs like Medicaid and sign up for these programs if they are eligible.  The Marketplace will also be able to tell what type of financial assistance is available to applicants to help them afford health insurance purchased through the Marketplace.  Insurance coverage can be purchased through NY State of Health beginning in October 1, 2013 and can be effective starting January 1, 2014.

NY State of Health is a new organized marketplace that will help people get health insurance coverage.
Through the Marketplace, New Yorkers will be able to easily compare health insurance options and enroll in health insurance coverage through a website, over the phone, in-person or by mail.  Think of it as a new way to compare and buy health insurance similar to the way people can compare and buy lots of products today.  (Previously, it was called the New York Health Benefit Exchange.)

Individuals and small businesses will be able to use the Marketplace, which will help make health insurance affordable.
Tax credits will be available to help eligible people purchase private coverage through the Marketplace.  Individuals and families will be able to use the Marketplace to check if they are eligible for free or low cost health insurance coverage through current New York State programs (like Child Health Plus or Medicaid).  If they are eligible, they also will be able to enroll in these programs through the Marketplace.  Small businesses that have 50 or fewer employees will be able to use the Marketplace to offer health insurance coverage to their staff and may be eligible for tax credits for coverage purchased through the Marketplace.

Today nearly 2.7 million New Yorkers (about 16%) under age 65 do not have health insurance coverage.
Most uninsured are workers and their families who earn too much to qualify for public programs like Medicaid, but not enough to buy coverage on their own.
Source: Urban Institute, Health Insurance Policy Simulation Modeling, 2012.
Over 1 million New Yorkers will get health coverage through the Marketplace.
This includes 615,000 individuals and 450,000 small business employees.
Source: Urban Institute, Health Insurance Policy Simulation Modeling, 2012.
Open enrollment for NY State of Health begins in Fall 2013.
People will be able to start comparing and purchasing health insurance coverage through the Marketplace on October 1, 2013.

Coverage purchased through NY State of Health begins in early 2014.
The first date coverage can become effective is January 1, 2014.

New York is developing the Marketplace with federal grant money.
To date, New York has received over $368 million in federal grant money to develop the Marketplace.  New York is also participating in a grant program run by the non-profit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that provides technical assistance to our state.

People with pre-existing conditions can get insurance through the Marketplace.

Starting in 2014, health insurance companies cannot discriminate by charging more or denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.  This applies to coverage purchased both through the Marketplace and outside the Marketplace.

NY State of Health will not affect Medicare coverage.

The Marketplace is intended to help New Yorkers who are not eligible for Medicare get health insurance coverage. For more information, call 1-855-355-5777.