Protecting Medicaid

HEP along with its coalition allies and members of the community regularly organize events and meet with members of Congress to urge them to protect Medicaid from devastating cuts and ensure that vital protections under the ACA are not rolled back under the AHCA.


Healthcare events

HEP advocates continue to organize year round community healthcare events with free screenings around the state. For events near you, contact the HEP advocate in your region at http://healthcareeducationproject.org/contact/


Register now! ACA Statewide Summits


The 2016 ACA regional summits around New York State are open for registration!

Join NY State of Health, community leaders and stakeholders to discuss enrollment experiences, post-enrollment challenges on using insurance, and outreach to those individuals who are still uninsured.

Free breast cancer screenings

Bronx women’s health advocates Ana Melendez, Argelia Ortiz, Jeanette Bocanegra and Lourdes Rangel with NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flannagan at the signing of the law by Gov. Cuomo making breast cancer screenings free and more accessible throughout New York State.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in New York. Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature have passed legislation that makes breast cancer screenings free and more widely available throughout the state. Screenings include clinical breast exams and mammograms.

  • Local providers will now offer weekend and evening screenings, thus making it more convenient for working women.
  • The number of providers offering these services will increase. They include community and women’s health clinics.
  • There will be a mobile mammography van in each county, or more than one if needed, and there will be more funding for existing mobile services.
  • Local providers will carry out outreach efforts and programs.

Call the hotline!

To make an appointment for a free screening or for more information, call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262)

The Healthcare Education Project is organizing free screening and information events in all boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and upstate. Information about these events is on our Facebook page at

Or contact our organizers in your area.


New York Outreach and Enrollment Summits 2015

Sept. 17 – Oct. 21

Navigators, health advocacy groups, health insurance plans, community groups, healthcare facilities, Certified Application Counselors, unions and small business representatives will come together to examine best practices, and share strategies, resources and partnerships to maximize enrollment in NY State of Health, the state’s insurance marketplace, taking into account the introduction of the Essential Plan in 2016.  Participants will be able to volunteer for a number of enrollment and outreach tasks, and get their organizations involved.

Local groups should come to the summit that covers their region. Statewide groups are urged to send their local affiliates.

To register:

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 • 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Ramada Inn Conference Center, 542 Route 9, Fishkill (exit 13 off I-84)
To register: Visit http://hudsonvalleysummit.eventbrite.com.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 • 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
1199SEIU Auditorium, 310 W. 43rd St., NY, NY 10036
To register:  Visit http://bronxmanhattansummit.eventbrite.com.

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
1199SEIU, 100 Duffy Avenue, Suite 300W, Hicksville, NY 11801
To register: Email Luis Valenzuela at Luis.Valenzuela@1199funds.org.

CENTRAL NEW YORK (Binghamton, Syracuse)
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Southern Tier Independence Center, 135 E. Frederick St, Binghamton, NY 13904
To register: Contact Mary Clark at 607-723-0110 or by email at cny2015summit@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Staten Island Mental Health Society, Safir Auditorium, 669 Castleton Ave, Staten Island 10301
To register: Email Nicole O’Loughlin at Nicole.O’Loughlin@1199funds.org or call (917)543-3200.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 • 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
SEIU Albany, 155 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
To register: Visit http://citizenactionny.org/capitalregionsummit2015 or email Sara Couch at sara.couch@1199funds.org or call 518-222-1711.

WESTERN NEW YORK (Buffalo, Rochester)
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 • 9:00 am – 12 noon
1199SEIU Conference Room, 2421 Main Street, Buffalo 14214
To register: Contact Bill Covington by phone at 716.995.3705 or by email at hepbuffalo@gmail.com.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn,      NY 11216
To register: Email Marcelle Dinnall at Marcelle.Dinnall@1199funds.org or Jennifer Clarke-Craig at Jennifer.Clarke-Craig@1199funds.org.

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Obamacare in the Supreme Court

April 29th, 2015

A public forum on King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court case challenging the subsidies offered   by the Affordable Care Act.

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Ebola Educational Session, New York City

Oct 21, 2014

The outbreak of Ebola in 2014 is the largest in history, primarily affecting countries in West Africa. In the United States, one imported case and related local cases have been reported among healthcare workers.  The Healthcare Education Project and the Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) held an Ebola educational session for healthcare workers, both clinical and non-clinical, at the Javits Center in New York City on October 21, 2014. This event was attended by over 5,000 healthcare workers and streamed live to healthcare workers around the country. It was organized in cooperation with the federal Centers for Disease Control which has been taking active measures to prevent any further spread of Ebola in the United States. The entire event including a demonstration of the use of Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers may be watched here. For up-to-date information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/ and New York State Dept of Health at http://www.health.ny.gov/

Download a brochure on how to evaluate and treat high-risk patients while ensuring the safety of the healthcare team. It also has basic information on the Ebola disease, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are exposed to it.

ACA Regional Outreach and Enrollment Summits

Sept 10 – Oct 1 2014

Following the success of the 2013 summits, HEP led a coalition in organizing seven statewide enrollment summits prior to open enrollment that begins mid-November. Stakeholders will meet to share experiences and lessons learned, strategize, and make plans to collaborate to reach as many uninsured as possible.

Navigators, brokers, CACs, hospital systems, faith-based organizations, county health departments, unions, health plans, community organizations and others are encouraged to attend to discuss lessons learned from the previous year of enrollment, and share new ideas and strategies for collaboration to reach the maximum number of uninsured without a duplication of efforts. The summits are being held in cooperation with New York State of Health, the state’s health insurance marketplace.

List of summits:

Sept. 10: Bronx/Manhattan (NYC)

Sept. 12: Capital District/Northern NY

Sept. 22: Nassau/Suffolk (Long Island)

Sept 30: Queens (NYC)

Sept 30: Binghamton (Central New York)

Oct 1: Fishkill (Hudson Valley)


ACA Regional Outreach and Enrollment Summits

Sept 16 – Sept 25 2013

On October 1st, 2013, NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace (formerly known as the New York Health Benefit Exchange) will begin enrolling individuals and small businesses into health insurance plans. Health advocacy groups, navigators, community groups, hospitals and health care institutions, unions, brokers, health plans, and small business representatives are all encouraged to come to learn the latest about NY State of Health, hear about best practices and plan on a regional level.

Following the Statewide Summit, eight regional enrollment summits will be held in New York State: one each in Albany, Buffalo, mid-Hudson, Rochester, Syracuse, Long Island, and two in New York City. Local groups should come to the summit that covers your region. Statewide groups are urged to send their local affiliates.

List of summits:

Sept. 16: Buffalo

Sept. 16: Brooklyn/Queens/Staten Island (NYC)

Sept. 20: Capital District (Northern NY)

Sept. 23: Rochester

Sept. 23: Nassau/Suffolk (Long Island)

Sept. 23: Bronx/Manhattan (NYC)

Sept. 25: Mid-Hudson


ACA Statewide Enrollment Summit

July 25, 2013

A statewide summit on health care enrollment takes place in New York City on July 25th, 2013, organized by a coalition of 1199SEIU, the Healthcare Education Project, Greater New York Hospital Association, Community Service Society of New York, Raising Women’s Voices, Citizen Action of New York, and Public Health Plans. The summit explores ways to maximize enrollment in the New York State Health Benefit Exchange.

The summit includes presentations from the Exchange, and best practices in outreach and enrollment strategies from state-based organizations. The presentations are followed by breakout groups that discuss these questions in detail. This summit sets the stage for a series of regional enrollment summits that the coalition is organizing in the fall of 2013.

You can watch the presentations online at http://is.gd/bMsVSf.