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Are you a refugee? Here’s how to get health insurance in New York City.

Are you a refugee? Here’s how to get health insurance in New York City.

Starting a new life in a new country is not easy. The choice is even harder when it is shaped by conflict. You may have left your home to escape war, disease, or other kinds of harm. No matter what, you deserve peace, safety, and kindness.

New York City is home to more than five million immigrants.* People from all over the world come to the U.S. for a better life. Once they get here, the journey for the displaced has just begun. Danger may no longer be a threat, but there is still a lot to figure out:

  • where to live,
  • how to find work, and
  • how you and your loved ones can stay in good health.

You can take care of the physical and mental well-being of you and your family. The first step is to get health insurance.

MetroPlusHealth makes sure everyone can get great health insurance coverage. This goal applies even more for those in times of need. Whatever may go on in the world, it should not get in the way of your right to health care. As New Yorkers—and as human beings—we know why people from so many places are drawn to the Big Apple. And, we are here to help them all.

Health Insurance For Beginners

What’s the difference between an HMO and a PPO? What do the terms “copay” and “deductible” mean? Let us guide you through the basics.

To get health coverage for you and your family, dial 311. You can speak with someone in the language you choose. This person will take you through all the steps you need to join a health plan. You can also learn more here.

The State of New York has low-cost or free plan options for refugees and asylum seekers. At MetroPlusHealth, these include:

Essential Plans

  • No monthly premiums
  • Preventive care, emergency care, prescription drugs, mental health services, and more
  • Free dental and vision coverage


  • Wide variety of health plans
  • Plans that are easy to adjust with major life changes
  • Tax credits, more affordable

We’d like to help you get started right away. You can speak with us directly at 855.591.2941. Our dedicated staff is here 7 days a week. You can also email us at [email protected].



*Profile of the foreign-born population in New York, New York (Vera)
last updated: March 6, 2023

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