Help Decide the Future of Aging. Join the White House’s Live Stream Today. Learn more


AARP Staying Sharp: Keep Your Brain Healthy
Bob Dylan Talks!


Military and Veterans Discount


You Could Choose Your Dream Vacation


Introducing RealPad by AARP


AARP Auto Buying Program


Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Download the ipad App



AARP Games - Play Now!

AARP Books

Medicare for Dummies book cover

Get the answers you need, from Patricia Barry, AARP's Ask Ms. Medicare

Most Popular


share your Thoughts

Reader stories help us fine-tune our education efforts and strengthen our calls for action on issues that matter most to you. We read and learn from every story and may use yours (with permission) to brief legislators, inspire other readers and more. Please share your story with us. Do

Ensuring New Yorkers Access to Affordable Health Insurance

Today, more than 2.7 million people living in New York do not have health insurance. More than 337,000 are between the ages of 50-64. A recent AARP poll of New Yorkers in this age group found that many are taking extreme measures to afford health care for themselves and their families. Some delay filling prescriptions because of the cost. Others are putting off going to the doctor despite being ill and in need of care.

See also: Health Care Reform and You

Governor Cuomo recently announced in his Executive Budget that New York State should establish a Health Care Benefit Exchange that would allow New Yorkers to purchase health insurance as part of the Affordable Health Care Act. New Yorkers who responded to AARP’s poll also gave their strong support for the establishment of a Health Care Benefit Exchange.

A proposal for a Health Care Benefit Exchange was introduced in the state legislature last year. This bill passed the Assembly but failed to pass the Senate.

A similar proposal was introduced this year. According to Governor Cuomo, at least 1 million uninsured New Yorkers would be able to purchase health insurance coverage if the Exchange bill is passed. People who purchase directly from the Exchange will see a savings of 66% while small businesses would see a savings of 22%.

AARP supports passage of a Health Care Benefit Exchange bill in New York. If you want to help uninsured New Yorkers have access to quality and affordable health insurance, please call 1-800-700-6469 today to urge your state Senator to pass a state budget that includes a plan for a Health Care Benefit Exchange.

For more information on what AARP NY is doing in your community, like us on Facebook or sign up for e-mail alerts.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Walgreens 1 discount membership aarp

Members get exclusive points offers from Walgreens, Duane Reade and

member benefit aarp hear usa

Members can save 20% on hearing aids with the AARP® Hearing Care Program provided by HearUSA.

AARP membership discount Man trying on eyeglasses at optometrists smiling

Members save up to 60% on eye exams and 30% on glasses at LensCrafters.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.