March 23, 2014

Tune in to WBAI 99.5 FM to hear the Morning Show hosted by Michael G. Haskins at 7:10 AM every morning this week to hear special segments produced by CHMP’s co-directors Diana Mason and Barbara Glickstein. March 31st is an important deadline in the timeline for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Day 8, March 24. Monday’s segment will cover why this deadline is so important and provide information on getting health insurance coverage or Medicaid on the New York State Health Insurance Exchange at this site  nystateofhealth.ny.gov or phone 1-855-355-5777 for assistance.

Day 7, March 25. Tuesday Guest Dr. Hila Richardson, professor emeritus, New York University College of Nursing, and co-lead of the New York State Action Coalition will talk about the role of the navigator and how to find one as well as where to locate a community group to assist you to sign-up for coverage through the NYS Exchange.

Day 6, March 26. Wednesday Tune in ready with an open computer to the New York State of Health Insurance Exchange site at nystatehealth.ny.gov as we detail key issues like who’s eligible for insurance coverage, rates, subsidies (you may qualify to receive financial assistance based on your income to lower your premium rates) and the personal documentation you need to gather and be ready to sign-up.

Day 5, March 27, Thursday The Affordable Care Act authorized states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover more people. Not all states have decided to do this, but New York has. What does this mean for the people of NY State and who is eligible for Medicaid coverage will be discussed.

Day 4, March 28, Friday March 31st is the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance coverage if they want to avoid a paying a penalty in 2015. But some people may be thinking it’s better to pay the penalty. Why, for example, should a young person sign up for coverage? What if you already have insurance through your employer or you aren’t covered through your employer – should you sign-up now? Tune in to find the answers.

Day 1, March 31, Monday Diana Mason and Barbara Glickstein return for a “full court press” as the deadline is the end of today. We’ll review key reasons to go and sign-up to avoid paying a penalty in 2015 and post-deadline when special circumstances, for example, if you lose your job and need coverage quickly, how to apply for health insurance coverage through the New York State Exchange at nystatehealth.ny.gov