New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 5/10/2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL "COVER THE UNINSURED WEEK" A GREAT TIME FOR NEW YORKERS TO GET HEALTH COVERAGE THROUGH HEALTHY NY

        Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio, in conjunction with the "Cover the Uninsured Week" national campaign, today reminds uninsured New Yorkers and small businesses that they may be eligible to get affordable and comprehensive health insurance through New York State’s Healthy NY program. "Cover the Uninsured Week" begins today and runs through May 16th.

        "‘Cover the Uninsured Week’ is a terrific opportunity for us to get the message out that Healthy NY is an attractive option for working New Yorkers needing health insurance," Superintendent Serio said. "Governor Pataki is committed to providing access to quality health insurance and Healthy NY is helping more people get the coverage they need."

        "Healthy NY has already provided affordable health insurance to more than 80,000 small business employees and working uninsured individuals. We urge more New Yorkers to see if Healthy NY is the coverage they need for themselves and their families."

        Cover the Uninsured Week will include more than 1,000 events in communities across the country, including health and enrollment fairs for uninsured Americans and health coverage seminars for small business owners. Events are being held in all regions of New York. The Healthy NY program will be featured at many of these events throughout the state where individuals and small business owners can obtain information about the program and learn how to enroll. Representatives from the Insurance Department will also be participating in several of the events throughout the State

        Healthy NY was established when Governor Pataki signed the Health Care Reform Act of 2000 into law. The program was introduced to promote access to quality health care by providing comprehensive health insurance to small businesses and working individuals. The program also provides coverage to eligible individuals, including students and recently unemployed individuals.

        In 2003, Governor Pataki announced major enhancements to the program to make it even more accessible and affordable to small employers and working families. These enhancements significantly reduced rates by an average of 17% and expanded eligibility guidelines so that even more New Yorkers have access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance.

        For further information in English and Spanish on Healthy NY, visit the Web site at www.healthyny.com or call us toll-free at the Healthy NY hotline--1-866-HEALTHY NY (1-866-432-5849) For additional information on Cover the Uninsured week, visit www.CoverTheUninsuredWeek.org or at (202) 572-2928.


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