NYS Health Exchange Resource Help is Available
If you are considering insurance through the NYS Health Exchange (Also known as “Obama Care” or the Affordable Care Act) and would like assistance with the application process, there are offices within in your local area where trained specialists can assist you. You can find offices in Greene, Columbia, Schenectady, Albany and Saratoga Counties.
United Way 211
What is 2-1-1? United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline is a free, confidential, multilingual service to assist the public to find the answers to a variety of Health and Human Services related questions. Whether answering to a natural disaster, a personal emergency or to furnish tools to foster independent lives, United Way’s 2-1-1 seeks to help those in need wherever they live. 2-1-1 can give callers up-to-date information on emergency shelters, road conditions, etc. 2-1-1 can also direct you to the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.
STRIDE Adaptive Sports
Since 1985, STRIDE has been fulfilling dreams, removing boundaries, enhancing self-esteem, and empowering individuals with disabilities through participation in sport and recreational activities.
NYS Office of Parks and Recreation
Sign up for an Access Pass
An Access Pass permits residents of New York State with permanent disabilities, as defined in the application, free use of the parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The pass holder may have free use of facilities operated by State Parks and DEC for which there is normally a charge.
Having trouble making ends meet? This website provides information on a variety of benefits and how to access them. These include:
- NYS HEAP: Home Energy Assistance
- NYS Food Stamps
- NYS EITC: Earned Income Tax Credit
- NYS Temporary Assistance
Assurance Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance program brought to you by Virgin Mobile and supported by the federal Universal Service Fund. You can receive a FREE Assurance Wireless cell phone and 250 FREE monthly minutes.
Clean Hands Save Lives
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
NY State of Health
NY State of Health is a new Health Plan Marketplace that opens on October 1, 2013. Individuals, families, and small businesses can use it to shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage online, in-person, over the phone or by mail. The Marketplace will help people check their eligibility for health care programs like Medicaid and sign up for these programs if they are eligible.
New York Disability Vote Network
There are approximately 35 million voting-age people with disabilities, but only 15.6 million people with disabilities reported voting in the November 2012 elections.
That means nearly 20 million people with disabilities did not vote. Consumer Directed Choices is part of a statewide network working to change that.
Are You Prepared?
A recent poll sponsored by the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York found that less than one-third of Capital Region residents have made any preparations for emergencies. Are you prepared?
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