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New York State of Health Marketplace Enrollment Data Highlights Disparities in Access to Care


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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York  (Thursday, June 26, 2014)

New York State of Health Marketplace Enrollment Data Highlights Disparities in Access to Care

A new report released yesterday by the New York State of Health (NYSOH) highlights successes and challenges in enrolling racial and ethnic minority and immigrant communities in health coverage through the Official Health Plan Marketplace.

The report highlights important progress in enrolling individuals who report being Black/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic. This data suggests that efforts to reach racial and ethnic minorities through in-person assistance has yielded important progress in insuring health access for New York’s diverse populations. But the lack of more detailed information leaves open the possibility that certain emerging immigrant communities within Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic populations remain underserved and are not getting the access that they need.

The report also provides data on the preferred language of enrollees, with English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian the most frequently reported preferred languages. The absence of enrollees with other preferred languages including French, French Creole, Italian, and Korean points to another key opportunity to expand the reach to other low English-proficient communities.

“The New York Immigration Coalition applauds the state for providing important racial, ethnic and preferred language information in its report on 2013-2014 Open Enrollment” says Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). “Our experience working with New York's immigrant communities, however, shows that there still is much more that can be done to ensure that immigrants are not denied access to the health care they need. We look forward to working with our members, allies and the state to lay the groundwork for even more successful 2014-2015 Open Enrollment period.”

The NYIC convenes a monthly Health Collaborative made up of immigrant-serving organizations. Fourteen of the organizations that participated in the Health Collaborative in 2013-2014 provided in-person assistance in enrollment. In-person assistance was highlighted as one of the key reasons for New York’s State success in 2013-2014.

“Equally as important as in-person assistance are enhanced resources for targeted outreach to New York’s emergent immigrant communities,” says Jackie Vimo, Director of Health Advocacy at NYIC. “We are excited about the opportunities to work with the state to identify immigrant groups that do not yet know about Affordable Care Act coverage, and getting the word out to them.”


The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees.The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.


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