Insurance Access Program Information

Program Information

The Affordable Care Act now allows many New York consumers who are currently uninsured, to gain access to affordable health insurance. Consumers may purchase health insurance through the New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. Eligible consumers need to complete an application in order to enroll.

Key Facts

  • Open enrollment began October 1, 2013 and coverage can begin as soon as January 1, 2014.
  • The New York State of Health Marketplace is mainly for people who are under 65, live in New York, are uninsured and citizens of the United States, and don’t have health insurance through a job.
  • Public health insurance like Medicaid and Child Health Plus, will also be available through this Marketplace.
  • Health insurance available through the Affordable Care Act is comprehensive, offering a wide range of benefits, and eligible consumers may have a variety of options and plans to choose from.
  • The New York State of Health Marketplace is federally approved to offer federal tax credits to help lower health insurance costs for many New York residents. These credits can be advanced to make it easier to purchase insurance coverage.
  • If you are uninsured and sign up for insurance by March 31, 2014, you avoid paying an income tax penalty for the 2014 tax year.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Health Plan

When choosing a health plan, it is very important that you choose a plan in which your health care providers participate. You may want to confirm with your provider for the most up to date information on which plans they are participating in.

What steps can you take if you want to learn more about your options?

  • Visit one of our NuHealth enrollment locations and meet with a certified enroller;
  • Contact our partner organization, HealthFirst, and complete a referral form at or call 1-888-250-2220 and have a representative contact you to arrange an at-home visit or at another location to explore your options; or
  • Contact Nassau -Suffolk Hospital Council at or call 631-656-9783.
  • Contact the New York State of Health Marketplace at or call 1-855-355-5777 Mon.- Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and after Oct. 1st on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

Questions? Call us at 516-566-3951. Se Habla español. We are here to help.

Not eligible? NuHealth offers services via an affordable Sliding Fee Scale and NuCare Program which offers patient navigation and a healthcare ID card. Call for an appointment at any of our service locations (see below) 516-486-6862 or call the NuCare Program at 516-566-3951.

Other Programs Eligibility
Cancer Screening Program Uninsured men and women over age 50, for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening. Regardless of immigration status. Call 516/572-3300.
Family Planning Title X Services Provides access to contraceptives/birth control and STD/HIV testing and treatment. Regardless of immigration status. Call 516/572-3348.

Primary & Specialty Care Service Locations

All Appointments Call 516/486-6862

Sliding Fee Scale available for those who are ineligible for insurance.

Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Tpke, East Meadow, NY 11554
Primary Care: Pediatrics, Adult Medicine, Ob/Gyn,
Specialty Services: Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology and more.
516 572-0123

Elmont Health Center
161 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, NY 11003
Primary Care, Ob/Gyn, Dentistry, Podiatry, Nutrition, Social Work
516 571-8200
Tues. and Thurs. Evening hours until 8 p.m.

Hempstead Health Center
135 Main Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
Primary Care, Ob/Gyn, Podiatry, Nutrition, Social Work
516 572-1300
Tues. Evening hours until 8 p.m.

Roosevelt/Freeport Health Center
380 Nassau Rd., Roosevelt, NY 11575
Primary Care, Ob/Gyn, Nutrition, Podiatry, Social Work
516 571-8600
Tues. Evening hours until 8 p.m.

Westbury/New Cassel Health Center
682 Union Ave., Westbury, NY 11590
Primary Care, Ob/Gyn, Podiatry, Nutrition and Social Work
516 571-9500
Tues. and Thurs. Evening hours until 8 p.m.

South Ocean Care Center
101 South Bergen Place, Freeport, NY 11520
516 623-3600