New York State of Health

Uninsured? Get Information and Enrollment Assistance at Brooklyn Public Library!

The 2014 enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act and NY State of Health ended March 31, 2014, but you can get health coverage outside of the enrollment period if you experience a qualifying event, such as:

  • Marriage or divorce
  • Having a baby, adopting a child, or placing a child for adoption or foster care
  • Moving your residence, gaining citizenship, leaving incarceration
  • Losing other health coverage

Enrollment for 2015 coverage begins in November, 2014.

To participate in the exchange, you must be 1) a New York State resident and 2) a U.S. citizen, national or lawfully present immigrant. If you are not a New York State resident, you can find the exchange for your state at healthcare.gov.

Brooklyn Alliance Navigator Sessions 

You can schedule an appointment with a Brooklyn Alliance navigator at the following locations at the following times by calling the Navigator Hotline: 718-875-9300 or emailing NYStateofHealth@brooklynchamber.com.

Sessions are by advanced appointment only. Visiting locations at the times below does not guarantee there will be a navigator available.

East Flatbush Library 
9612 Church Avenue at Rockaway Parkway
718-922-0931
Languages spoken: English
Tuesday: 1:00pm-8:00pm (English), Second Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm (Mandarin, Cantonese, and English), Third Saturday: 11:00am-4:00pm by appointment only (Spanish & English)

Flatbush Library
22 Linden Boulevard at Flatbush Avenue
718-856-0813
Languages spoken: English
Tuesdays: 10:00am-6:00pm by appointment only (English & Spanish) Thursday: 10:00pm-6:00pm by appointment only (English & Hatian Creole)

Greenpoint Library
107 Norman Avenue at Leonard Street
718-349-8504
Languages spoken: English, French, Italian, Albanian
Wednesday: 1:00pm-8:00pm by appointment only(English, Mandarin, Cantonese)

Kings Highway Library
2115 Ocean Avenue (near Kings Highway)
718-375-3037
Languages spoken: English, Russian, Albanian, Cantonese, Mandarin, French
Monday: 10:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday: 12:00pm-7:00pm, Wednesday: 10:00am-6:00pm, Thursday: 10:00am-6:00pm, First Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm by appointment only(English, Russian)

Mapleton Library
1702 60th Street
718-256-2117
Languages spoken: Russian, Albanian, Cantonese, Mandarin
Monday: 10:00am - 5:00pm by appointment only (English, French, Italian, Albanian) 

The Brooklyn Alliance, the not-for-profit affiliate of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer the In-Person Assistance and Navigator programs under the NYS State of Health program, in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health. Learn more about the partnership on the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce site

To find other Navigator organizations and In-Person Assistors, visit the New York State of Health website's Navigator/Broker search.

Other Navigator Events

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Central Library also hosts Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which offers drop-in, in-person assistance on Tuesdays, 9AM-12PM.

About the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and New York State of Health

New York State of Health is the state's official health plan marketplace, and created as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The exchange helps individuals, families and small businesses:

  • Compare and purchase qualified insurance plans;
  • Check for eligibility and enroll for government programs like Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and
  • Determine whether they qualify for financial assistance in purchasing health insurance. You can visit the Kaiser Family Foundation subsidy calculator now to see if you qualify for lower premiums.

The 2014 enrollment period ended March 31, 2014, but you can get health coverage outside of the enrollment period if you experience a qualifying event, such as:

  • Marriage or divorce
  • Having a baby, adopting a child, or placing a child for adoption or foster care
  • Moving your residence, gaining citizenship, leaving incarceration
  • Losing other health coverage

To participate in the exchange, you must be 1) a New York State resident and 2) a U.S. citizen, national or lawfully present immigrant. If you are not a New York State resident, you can find the exchange for your state at healthcare.gov.

Links
Phone Numbers
  • New York State of Health help line: 1-855-355-5777 (TTY: 1-800-662-1200). Hours are Monday-Friday: 8AM-8PM, Saturday: 9AM-1PM.
  • National Marketplace Toll-Free Call Center: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
  • For questions relating to health insurance in New York State, contact the Department of Financial Services Consumer Services Bureau: 1-800-342-3736.