NY State of Health Teams Up With Community Partners at New York State County Fairs to Promote Affordable Health Coverage Options

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 21, 2015) - NY State of Health (NYSOH), the state's official health plan Marketplace, is partnering with the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO), New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF), and local Cornell Cooperative Extension sites, to make Marketplace information available at several local county fairs event to help New Yorkers learn about getting affordable health coverage through the Marketplace.

"County fairs provide family friendly fun throughout the summer months and are a perfect opportunity to spread the message about the affordable coverage options available through the Marketplace," said NYSOH Executive Director Donna Frescatore.

"Through NY State of Health, New Yorkers now have access to affordable, quality health care coverage and important primary preventive care for themselves and their families," said NYSACHO President Dr. Sherlita Amler. "Local health departments are pleased to work with the New York State Department of Health to share information about the marketplace as part of our public health outreach at our county fairs."

NYSAAF President, Robert D. Simpson said, "We're pleased to partner with NYSOH, NYSACHO and the Cornell Cooperative Extension to give people the opportunity to learn more about getting affordable health insurance."

Educational materials and in person assistors will be available at several county fairs throughout the summer to answer questions about coverage through the Marketplace, help people apply if they qualify for a Special Open Enrollment Period (SEP), or get ready to apply when the next open enrollment period begins on November 1.

Below is a listing of county fairs where Marketplace materials will be available. Fairs that will have in person assistors on site are listed in BOLD.

Fair Date Table/Booth Displaying Materials
Boonville-Oneida County July 28 – Aug. 2 Oneida County Health Department
Columbia County Sept. 2 – 7 Columbia County Department of Health
Delaware County Aug. 17 - 22 Delaware County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Dutchess County Aug. 25 – 30 Dutchess County Department of Health
Erie County Aug. 12 – 23 Erie County Department of Health
Essex County Aug. 12 - 16 Essex County Public Health
Fonda Sept. 1- 7 Montgomery County Public Health Department
Greene County Youth July 23 – 26 Greene County Public Health Department
Lewis County July 21- 25 Lewis County Public Health Department
Ontario County July 21 – 25 Ontario County Public Health
Otsego County Aug. 4 - 9 Otsego County Health Department
Putnam County 4-H July 24 - 26 Putnam County Department of Health
Saratoga County July 21 – 26 Saratoga County Public Health
Schaghticoke Sept. 2- 7 Rensselaer County Public Health Department
Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Aug. 4 – 9 St. Lawrence County Public Health Department
Steuben County Aug. 18 – 23 Steuben County Public Health
Ulster County July 28 – Aug. 2 Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health
Washington County Aug. 24 – 30 Washington County Public Health
Wayne County Aug. 10 - 15 Wayne County Public Health Department

For a list of additional NYSOH events throughout the summer, visit http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/events.

To find out if you qualify for an SEP, visit: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/specialenrollment.html.

For more information about your local county fair and how to obtain discounted passes, visit http://www.nysfair.org/your-fair-visit/ny-county-fairs/.