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After December 31, 2013, you can no longer apply for Family Health Plus. Throughout 2014, existing Family Health Plus members will be asked to complete a renewal form that includes information on your household income, your age and residency, and status of other insurance. This is called the renewal or recertification process. New York State has to collect this information to determine if you are still eligible for New York State sponsored health insurance. Prior to your renewal date, you will receive a letter from New York State Department of Health with instructions of what you need to do.

It is very important that you complete your renewal and return it promptly to keep your coverage active. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan will send you a reminder when it’s time to renew. In some counties, you can renew by telephone by calling the New York State of Health Enrollment Center. Keeping your healthcare coverage active is an important part of staying healthy.


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