HAUPPAUGE, NY – Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank is collaborating with the New York State Department of Health to provide people in need with access to healthcare insurance as part of the New York State of Health Marketplace initiative. Navigators from the Department of Health will be onsite at all three community-based satellite locations of Long Island Cares to offer information and assistance in enrolling people in the various marketplace programs. IPA/Navigators will provide education on the Affordable Care Act and the insurance products available through the New York State of Health. IPA/Navigators will provide in person application assistance to individuals, families and small businesses and their employees at initial enrollment and when renewing coverage. Navigators remove barriers to the application process by providing assistance in multiple languages, in community based settings to assist eligible people in accessing healthcare coverage.
According to Jessica Rosati, Chief Programs Officer at Long Island Cares, “Our three satellite locations provide emergency food, information and referral services, and opportunities to connect to various entitlements and benefit programs that people experiencing food insecurity often need. The New York State Department of Health has been collaborating with the regional food bank since 1994 and we’re very pleased to expand our partnership by hosting Navigators from New York State of Health to meet with our clients and visitors to explore options for health insurance.”
Annually, Long Island Cares’ satellite locations in Freeport, Lindenhurst and Huntington Station assist approximately 25,000 people including seniors, veterans, and families. The schedule for visits from the Department of Health Navigators is as follows: Monday, Oct. 3rd at 84 Pine Street in Freeport from 11 am – 2 pm; Thursday, Oct. 13th at 220 Broadway in Huntington Station from 1 pm – 3 pm; and Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 163-1 North Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst from 11 am – 2 pm. For additional information please call: 631.582.FOOD.