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Find out about Free or Low Cost Health Insurance for your Children and Your Family
Free or low cost health insurance is available to most uninsured children under the age of 19 in New York City. Your child and your family may be eligible for public health insurance coverage. These brochures describe the available public health insurance programs and how you can enroll. Please click below to review these brochures in various languages.
Health Insurance Brochure (English)
YiddishPrivate Health Insurance Options
Purchasing health insurance can be a confusing and frustrating experience. NYC Health Insurance Link, a web-based decision support tool helps you to choose a private health insurance plan that fits your needs by comparing prices and benefits side by side, getting tips to lower your health insurance costs, finding health insurance definitions and exploring resources to help you make an informed health insurance coverage choice. You can also learn about the ways the new health care reform law will affect the health insurance choices and decisions now and in the future. For more information and to explore your health insurance options, please click here.
Family Planning Benefit Program
The Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) is a free and completely confidential New York State program that provides family planning services to teens, women and men who meet certain income and residency requirements, and who are not enrolled in Medicaid or Family Health Plus. To learn more, please click here.
Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable credit that returns federal, State, and New York City tax dollars to qualifying families and individuals to help cover basic expenses. The refund amount varies depending on your income and marital and parental status. Families raising children can receive up to $7,600 when they file their taxes and claim the EITC. If you have children and worked in 2011 and earned less than $48,362, you may be eligible. If you do not have children, you may be eligible if you earned less than $18,470. Even if you worked part time, only part of the year, or are unemployed now, you may be eligible. However, you must file a tax return in order to get this refund.
For more information about why insurance is important, what it costs, and who is eligible, and for information regarding the earned income Tax Credit, please click here.