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Eric R. Dinallo   Superintendent of Insurance  25 Beaver Street  New York, N.Y. 10004

ISSUED 11/27/2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Interactive Online Program Will Help New Yorkers See if They are Eligible for Healthy NY Health Insurance Program

The Healthy NY website has a new software program to help New Yorkers determine if they are eligible for this health insurance program for working people. The website is http://www.HealthyNY.com.

“Now there is a way for New Yorkers to find out quickly and easily if they may be eligible for Healthy NY, the state-sponsored health insurance program for working New Yorkers without health insurance. There is a new interactive screening tool—in plain language, an active question and answer format—that working individuals, small business people and sole proprietors can use to get a quick idea if the program is for them,” said Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo.

There are three separate eligibility Q&As or screeners: one for individuals, one for sole proprietors, and one for small employers. Each screener is comprised of a short series of questions to enable a user to determine whether he or she may be eligible for the Healthy NY program. While the Healthy NY website provides a full description of the program’s eligibility rules, this new screening tool allows a user to understand how the eligibility rules apply to his or her specific situation.

All three screeners are available now on the Healthy NY web site at http://www.HealthyNY.com.

While final eligibility determinations are decided by the health plan that a person applies to, the eligibility screeners provide a good indication of potential eligibility for Healthy NY prior to submitting an application. If the choices selected by a user indicate that the person would not qualify for Healthy NY, the screener provides the user with helpful links to further explore other health insurance options.

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