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The gap increases as business sponsored healthcare decreases in New York

Posted Jul 8th, 2008 by Patient Assistance Team
In the state of New York, there are over 2.4 million uninsured individuals. Over half of those 2.4 million uninsured individuals live in New York City. From 2004 to 2006, the rates for the uninsured increased statewide by 1.8% and citywide by 1.6%.

After several successful years with the New Yorks public health insurance program, the rate of uninsured individuals was steadily dropping. Unfortunately the rising rates of healthcare coverage for the self-employeed all the way to medium sized businesses have made it difficult for them to offer coverage to their employees directly. Only 59% of those working in New York have employer sponsored healthcare coverage.

While many are eligible for the various public health insurance plans, including Medicaid and other government benefits programs, the gap is widening as to who is left out.

Many individuals find themselves making just slightly above where they made last year, pushing them outside the reaches of Medicaid or the New York public healthcare system. Some of these people didn't even make anything extra, but due to their companies decision to no longer offer healthcare coverage, they find themselves completely uncovered as their income is too high.

In an effort to increase awareness, New York public Health and Hospitals Corp. is setting out to assist the 40% of uninsured New Yorkers who are eligible for these programs but are not aware of them. While this comes as a great relief to those eligible, New York is left with well over 100,000 people who have applied to these programs and unfortunately found themselves ineligible for assistance. provides access to government benefits programs, patient assistance programs, and lists all available free and community clinics to patients in need nationwide. If you or anyone you know could benefit from these services, please take advantage of them and help America become a healthier place to live