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The Open Enrollment Period for the New York State of Health Exchange is Now Open!


Beginning November 1st, the open enrollment period to apply for health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace, Medicaid, and Child Health Plus will be available to all members who are currently uninsured. Open enrollment runs through January 31, 2019.

Local 338 members will be able to access Free Marketplace Navigator services at three different locations (see list below). Navigators will guide members through the process by assisting them in understanding the health coverage plans available to them, eligibility requirements, as well as completing the enrollment process for the health insurance plan of their choosing.

Beginning on November 16th, Navigators can also assist members looking to renew or make changes to their current health insurance policy.

Please be aware that at this time there have been no changes made to the federal rules around public charge. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to the Navigator at your appointment. All conversations are confidential.

Are DACA recipients living in New York Eligible?

In New York State, the Health Exchange program provides a pathway to health insurance for DACA recipients and potential DACA applicants by allowing those who are income eligible to qualify for Medicaid. If you or someone you know is a DACA recipient, visit the 
NYS Health Foundation for more information.


What Happens When Open Enrollment Ends?

Once the open enrollment period ends on January 31st, only those with qualifying "life changing events” over a specific income will be eligible to apply for health insurance through the Health Exchange. If you are eligible for Medicaid, Essential Plan, and Child Health Plus, you can enroll at any time. 

What is considered a qualified "life changing event?" 
Qualifying life events that may allow you to purchase health care reform-compliant health insurance plans outside of the open enrollment period include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Permanently moving to a new city or state.
  • The birth or adoption of a child.
  • Getting married.
  • The loss of other minimum essential coverage due to divorce, the loss of a job or loss of eligibility for Medicaid or other government-sponsored coverage.
  • Loss of coverage under a parent's health insurance plans when an adult child turns 26.
  • Certain changes to your income, which may alter your eligibility for government assistance when purchasing coverage.



Long Island
Local 338 Office
1505 Kellum Place
Mineola, New York 11501

Mondays, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Tuesdays, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

To schedule an appointment with a Navigator, please call:

New York City
Center for Frontline Retail
7 Penn Plaza, 14th Floor, Manhattan  
(7th Avenue between 30th and 31st Street)

Mondays, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Tuesdays, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Wednesdays, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Fridays, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

To schedule an appointment with a Navigator, please call: 917-602-4356

Westchester County
Yonkers Riverfront Library
1 Larkin Center, Yonkers
New York 10701

Thursdays, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

To schedule an appointment with a Navigator, please call:


**Bilingual Navigators are also available.**

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LOCAL 338 RWDSU/UFCW  •  1505 Kellum Place  •  Mineola, New York 11501
Main Office (516) 294-1338  •  Union Call Center (516) 294-1338 ext. 1775  •  Medical Call Center (516) 294-1338 ext. 1776
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