“You’ve convinced me. Now go out and make me do it.”
Where: Foley Square (J or Z trains to Chambers Street or 4, 5, or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall)
“You’ve convinced me. Now go out and make me do it.”
It’s here! The New York State Health Plan Marketplace is open and operating. That means for the first time, over a million New Yorkers can access high-quality, comprehensive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
If you or someone you know needs coverage and lives in New York State, visit New York State of Health – you’ll find a calculator to help you determine how much insurance will cost and whether you qualify for financial assistance–or call 855-355-5777 between 8 AM and 5 PM. Help is available in 150 languages. For coverage outside New York State, go to healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596.
For an easy way to get in-state coverage, you can also sign up at Get Covered New York–a certified expert or “navigator” will contact you to complete enrollment. Get Covered New York is a partnership of the Health Care for All New York coalition and Greater NYC for Change.
Get Covered New York is providing volunteer outreach to uninsured New Yorkers and local communities. Look for the yellow umbrella logo or bright blue T-shirts at street fairs, health assemblies, or community institutions! To volunteer, email or sign up on the website.
Bottom line: This is your chance to improve your health or the health of someone you care about. Open enrollment is October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014; enroll by the end of the year for coverage starting January 1, 2014.
And don’t forget to share your experience with us @GNYCforChange and on our Facebook page.
Here’s to your health!
The Greater NYC for Change Team
You helped get the Affordable Care Act passed. Now it’s time to finish the job. Let’s get help the one million plus uninsured New Yorkers – insured! Enrollment for the New York Health Benefit Exchange begins October 1st and there’s no time to waste. Our experts will tell you how you can help. Special guests: Sandra Fluke, attorney and social justice advocate, and Tim Foley, Greater NYC for Change policy expert.
As we gear up for the fall, let’s make some plans for worthwhile and fun events for the uninsured. We have one huge event — Caribbean Day below — and a couple of smaller ones too. Please join!
Starting September 5, we will be tabling on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at health events in CVS Drug Stores in Queens and Brooklyn. There are many slots open. For more information, email Liza at liza@raisingwomensvoices.
It’s time to kick off those summer sandals and get into some walking shoes. Enrollment for the New York Health Benefit Exchange begins October 1st and those who will benefit most – 1.1 million uninsured New Yorkers – remain unaware.
If you would like to help spread the word, please sign up below. Or, if you have questions, email Linda (email@example.com). The Get Covered New York team will help provide training in the basics of the Affordable Care Act for volunteers to perform this important service. There’s no time to waste.
Health Fair with food, games, backpack giveaways, and entertainment.
Tuesday, August 20th, 1pm to 4pm / E. 101st Street between Lexington and Park Ave
Sponsored by YMCA of Greater NY, NYC Council Rep Mark-Viverito, MBP Scott Stringer, D.A. Cy Vance, Community Board 11, and other community based organizations.
Peace in the Streets with Antioch Baptist Church
Friday, August 23rd, 2:30 – 8:30 pm
Morningside Park, 123rd & Morningside Avenue
Subways: 125th Street on 2/3, B/D and A/C (and multiple crosstown buses)
RSVP or email Tasha (tasha.t.williams
Harlem Health Fair
Saturday, August 24th, 12 noon – 4 pm, Adam Clayton Powell Plaza. Transit: accessible by the M60 and M101 Buses, as well as the 1, 2, and 3 trains. RSVP
Tabling at Tomkins Square Park
Saturday, August 31st, 1 – 6 pm
7th St and Avenue A
Subway: L train to First Avenue and 14th Steet
RSVP: email Diane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Over the last few years, Greater NYC for Change had led in the fight for health care reform, gun violence prevention, and reducing the glaring income inequality in our nation. This year, we’ve taken the steps to become a nonprofit corporation, and we were honored to launch as a nonprofit on Wednesday, May 22nd. Other community leaders and progressive visionaries joined in to plan great things!
After wine and cheese, the members voted in the slate of executive board members who will run the day to day operations of the group. Later this year, we’ll kick off a bigger party to celebrate – please stay tuned! This is a milestone for us. We hope to amplify your voice and serve worthy causes in partnership with your leadership and allies, in the cause of social justice.
Below are some of our top priorities for the year to come:
· Partnership with Health Care for All New York to educate and enroll eligible New Yorkers in the new health care exchange opening in January 2014
· Combatting voter suppression laws in Pennsylvania
· Advocating for reversal of the harsh federal budget cuts contained in the sequester and for maintenance of protections under Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
· Partnership with
· Working to reduce gun violence in New York City communities and to pass gun safety legislation on the national level
· Organizing parents, teachers, and other members of the community to lobby state policymakers to expand the pre-k budget, raise educational levels, and combat poverty
· LGBT initiatives not limited to overturning DOMA and ensuring recognition of Marriage Equality in all states
· Organizing candidate forums to encourage civic participation in local elections
· Advocacy against income inequality, in particular for a true living wage in New York City
Miss talking to Pennsylvania voters? Now’s your chance! On Saturday, May 18th, join fifty New Yorkers to travel to Allentown, PA. We’ll be canvassing and attending a rally against proposed legislation to split the Electoral College votes by popular vote totals.
State legislators are trying to pass a bill to divide up PA’s 20 electoral votes, blunting its status as a true battleground state, and indirectly diminishing New York’s ability to affect close national races in the future. Most importantly, splitting votes in only certain states unfairly slants elections. Not dissimilar to attempts to suppress voting rights and ballot access in certain communities, this bill is unacceptable and would do tremendous harm to American democracy.
We don’t want to be caught looking away during a crucial time and find ourselves with more challenges to overcome in the next election cycle, just like we did with Photo ID in 2012.
We need every single seat on the bus this Saturday, going to Allentown, PA to be filled with eager, energetic and street-smart NYC volunteers to canvass for petition signatures and inform the local voters of the threat to their state.
Where and When: The bus will be loading in front of Babies R Us on Union Square East on Saturday, May 18, starting around 8:30 AM for a 9 AM departure. We plan to arrive around 11 AM in Allentown, join in a short rally with our friends at People for the American Way, then strike out to do some sidewalk canvassing. We plan to be back in the city by 6 PM.
RSVP here – and sign up to help!