Health Care Access

Rural Health Network believes that all rural residents should have access to affordable quality health care. Our experienced staff members work with health and human service providers throughout the three-county service area and beyond to connect individuals with available community resources.

RHNSCNY improves access to health care for rural residents through the following programs:

New York State Marketplace/Public or Private Health Insurance
Navigators/Certified Application Counselors (CACs) from community-based organizations and insurance companies are on-site as In-Person Assistors (IPAs) to help rural individuals shop, compare, and enroll in a New York State Marketplace health insurance plan.

Medicaid eligibility criteria has expanded for New York State residents starting in 2014. If you were not eligible in the past, you may be now.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) - Formerly known as Food Stamps
RHNSCNY provides access to SNAP assistance. The Family Enrichment Network staff can meet with you in our office and assist you in applying for SNAP.
*This program can help you buy nutritious food.
*You may be eligible even if you own a house and/or a car, have money in the bank, or live with others.
*Clients are often surprised that they qualify for the program, and it can be a great help in stretching your budget.

RHNSCNY staff can also provide you with current information regarding food pantries, soup kitchens, and Food Banks.

Prescription Assistance Program
The Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) serves uninsured and under-insured residents who require prescription medication to manage chronic health conditions. We work with primary health care providers and individuals to access free and low-cost prescription medication. We may also be able to assist residents who have Medicare Part D.
Vision Services Programs
RHNSCNY staff educates individuals on vision services assistance programs and directly assists rural residents in accessing resources.

Dental and Oral Health Services
Those in need of dental/oral health care can contact RHNSCNY to find out more about discounted providers in the area.
Transportation Services Information
Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY) is a collaborative effort to improve mobility and the coordination of transportation services in Broome and Tioga Counties. A call center is currently open and operational for local transportation questions. For complete information, please visit our MMSCNY page.

Renew Health
Renew Health is a program for rural adults who have any chronic health condition. Staff can assist you with learning chronic disease self-management skills. Please click here to see if you may be eligible to participate in the Renew Health program.

RHNSCNY pre-screens individuals to determine program eligibility and make appropriate referrals based on need, age, income, and size of household. For more information contact a Health Care Access Associate at 607-692-7669 or toll-free 1-888-603-5973.

The information provided on is designed to support, not replace,
the relationship between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.