MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2022
Finding low cost health insurance in New York is difficult enough if you are not employed, so it should not be too difficult task if you are employed, right? Wrong. Many employees of small businesses in New York are not offered low cost health insurance through their employers. This is not beneficial to the employers or the employees, since many people choose their jobs based somewhat on the benefits they will receive.
If you live in New York and work for a business whose owner thinks it is “too small” to offer health insurance, you may be in luck. In 2000, the governor of New York proposed to a comprehensive insurance coverage plan to be made available to New York employees and their families if they do not have health insurance. The New York Legislature ratified the proposal, and the program became known as Healthy NY.
According to Healthy NY, a “small business” is one that has 50 or fewer employees. When a small business has this number of employees, the business feels as if it can not afford to offer low cost health insurance to its employees; however, thanks to Healthy NY, all small businesses can take advantage of offering low cost health insurance to its employees.
The even better news is that you do not have to be an employee of a small business to purchase low cost health insurance through Healthy NY. Sole proprietors may also purchase low cost health insurance through Healthy NY.
If you work for a small business in New York that does not offer health insurance because it feels as if it can not afford to, talk to your employer about Healthy NY. Not only with Healthy NY benefit the employees of the business, but being able to offer low cost health insurance to employees will also help your employer because he or she will be able to attract and retain quality employees.