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Rural Health Week of Action

posted Dec 13, 2016, 12:17 PM by Josie Maroney

Rural Health Week of Action


During Rural Health Week of Action, the Rural Health Network of SCNY is working with community partners to remind people that the NYSOH Marketplace is open for business! From now until January 31, NYS residents can visit  to shop for affordable, quality health coverage.


Here are a few facts every American who lives in a rural community should know about open enrollment, now through January 31, 2017.


Rural Americans have affordable coverage options on the Marketplace.


Nearly 9 in 10 rural Marketplace consumers will be able to get tax credits to help pay for a plan that works for them and their families. Even people who didn’t qualify for tax credits last year may qualify this year, especially if their income changed or if they live in places where premiums have risen. 


As a result, 75 percent of rural Marketplace consumers will be able to find health coverage for less than $100 per month, after tax credits.


You and your family may be eligible for Medicaid (income at 138%) or the Essential Health Plan (200% above the Federal Poverty Level).


Rural Americans already covered through the Marketplace may save money by revisiting their options during Open Enrollment.


You have the right during open enrollment to shop for better plans, or a lower monthly premium.  Returning rural customers could save an average of $47 per month, or $564 a year, by coming back to the Marketplace and purchasing the lowest premium plan in their metal level.


It’s easy to find and enroll in a plan.


Visit the tools on to compare plans based on your preferred health care providers and prescription drugs. You can also compare plans by how much you think you’d spend over the course of next year, based on you and your family’s personal health care needs.


Phone Assistance:


Call NYS Marketplace Help Line at 1-855-355-5777 or TTY 1-800-662-1220

Monday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm or Sat. 9 am – 1 pm


In-Person Assistance:

To find an in person assistor in your area, contact the Rural Health Network of SCNY at 607 692-7669, M-F, 8 am -4:30 pm.


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