NY State of Health Teams Up with Top Retail Pharmacy Chains to Get New Yorkers Covered

CVS, Kinney Drugs and TOPS Markets host NY State of Health free informational events in neighborhoods across New York State

Albany, N.Y. (December 03, 2015) – NY State of Health (NYSOH), the state’s official health plan Marketplace, is partnering with CVS Pharmacy, Kinney Drugs and TOPS Markets to educate New Yorkers about their affordable health coverage options. During open enrollment, now through January 31, NY State of Health will hold more than 100 informational events at dozens of pharmacy locations across the State.

“We’re pleased to partner with New York’s pharmacy retailers to hold educational events in our neighborhoods to let consumers know how easy it is to get a good, low-cost health plan through the Marketplace,” said NYSOH Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “This year, with the introduction of the new Essential Plan, the Marketplace will provide New Yorkers with even greater access to affordable health coverage.”

NY State of Health offers a choice of Qualified Health Plans to residents in every county of the state. The Essential Plan, available for many eligible lower-income New Yorkers through NY State of Health, will lower premiums to $20 or less a month and provide comprehensive benefits for hundreds of thousands of lower income New Yorkers. Information about the Essential Plan will be available at the NY State of Health events held at various New York locations on the following dates through January. In-person assistors will be available at these events to provide free information, answer questions about coverage through the marketplace, and help people to apply.

NY State of Health 2016 open enrollment ends on January 31st. To find a NY State of Health event at a pharmacy location near you visit: http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/events.

CVS Pharmacies: Assistors will be available on the following dates from 4:00-8:00 P.M.

  • December 8, 2015
  • December 13, 2015
  • January 13, 2016
  • January 24, 2016

TOPS Markets Pharmacies: Assistors will be available on the following dates from 12:00-2:00 P.M.

  • December 5, 2015
  • January 2, 2016

Kinney Drugs: Assistors will be available on the following dates from 4:00-7:00 P.M.

  • January 12, 2016

About NY State of Health

New York opened its Health Plan Marketplace, NY State of Health, in October 2013. The Marketplace’s one stop health insurance shopping experience offers high quality comprehensive health plans. NY State of Health is the only place where consumers can qualify to get help paying for coverage through premium discounts or tax credits. Eligible New Yorkers can also enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan through the Marketplace all year. For more information about the NY State of Health Marketplace, please visit: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ or call Customer Service at 1-855-355-5777, TTY: 1.800.662.1220 or find an enrollment assistor.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com

About Kinney Drugs

Kinney Drugs is the drug store division of KPH Healthcare Services, Inc., a leading pharmacy health care company that strives to provide the highest-quality pharmacy, health and retail services in the communities served. Founded in 1903 by Burt Orrin Kinney, Kinney Drugs now operates 100 drug stores in Central and Northern New York and Vermont, as well as a distribution center. Kinney Drugs is an employee-owned company headquartered in upstate New York. For more information, visit: www.kinneydrugs.com

About TOPS Markets

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 166 full-service supermarkets – 161 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 16,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com