Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

November 24, 2015
Contact: Scott Salotto (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


The Essential Plan covers all major medical needs and is only available through
the NY State of Health Marketplace

NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want to inform residents that as of this November, low and moderate income New Yorkers who are struggling to pay for health insurance will be able to get much more affordable comprehensive health care, called the Essential Plan.

The Essential Plan is a new health plan for New Yorkers, only available through the NY State of Health Marketplace. It costs much less than other health plans, and it offers the same essential benefits. Who can buy it? Lower income people who don't qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. You pay a monthly fee, called a premium, of either $0 or $20 depending on your income. It has no deductible, so the plan starts paying for your health care right away. You get free preventive care like routine doctor exams and screenings to keep you healthy. The plan covers the same services covered by other plans, such as: doctor visits, including specialists; tests ordered by your doctor; prescription drugs; and inpatient and outpatient care at a hospital. You may be required to pay a small fee, called a copayment, for services like doctor's visits, urgent care, hospital stays, lab work and prescription drugs.

You qualify if you are a U.S. Citizen or a qualified immigrant under the age of 65 who earns too much to qualify for Medicaid (that means you are a single person earning more than $17,655- $23,540 per year, or a family that meets the income requirements).

Trained staff at the Health Department, called "Navigators," can help you sign up in-person, free of charge. They are fluent in English, Spanish or Creole/French. Call 845-364-3394 to schedule an appointment. You can also sign up online at; by phone (toll-free) at 1-855-355-5777; or in-person, free of charge with a Navigator from the Monsey Community Outreach Center who speaks English and Yiddish. Call 845-356-9600 for an appointment.

For more information email or call 845-364-3394.