Sign up for Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act




Mayor Lovely A. Warren is encouraging Rochester citizens to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. 

The Central Library and select City branch libraries will host numerous events offering information and individualized help with using the Health Insurance Marketplace, which helps the uninsured to enroll in health coverage. 

"Everyone deserves to live a healthy, vibrant life,” said Mayor Warren. “I’m asking citizens to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors to let them know that their health is important to all of us, and if they don’t have health insurance, that help in securing health insurance is readily available.”

The Open Enrollment period for 2018 coverage is Nov. 1, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018.  Dec. 15 is the last day to ensure coverage by January 1, 2018.

HealthCare Navigators will give free, in-person application assistance to individuals and families at initial enrollment and when renewing coverage.

Navigators remove barriers to the application process by providing assistance in multiple languages, in community based settings during non-traditional hours such as evenings and weekends.

Those looking for assistance in enrolling are asked to bring current income documents such as paystubs for the past two months. No appointment is necessary.

If you’re currently enrolled in a 2016 Marketplace plan, your benefit year ends Dec. 31, 2016. To continue health coverage in 2017, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new health plan through the Marketplace during open enrollment. If you don’t have health coverage during 2017, you may have to pay a fee.

Navigator Schedule

Navigators will be at the following neighborhood branch libraries on the following days. ("S" indicates assistance available in Spanish) 

Central Library, 115 South Ave.
12 to 6 p.m.  in the third floor Health Section
Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29; Dec. 6, 13, 2o and 27. Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Lyell Branch Library, 956 Lyell Ave.
1 to 5 p.m.
Nov. 1. Dec. 7 and 13. Jan. 3 and 13.

Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Samuel McCree Way
1 to 5 p.m.
Nov. 3 and 29. Dec. 6. Jan 5 and 31.

Lincoln Branch Library, 851 Joseph Ave.
1 to 5 p.m.
Nov. 8 and 22. Dec. 20. Jan. 10 and 17.   
Spanish speaking navigators available Nov. 1. Dec. 7, 13 and 22. Jan. 3 and 23.

Sully Branch Library, 530 Webster Ave.
1 to 5 p.m.
Nov. 1 and 15. Dec. 27. Jan. 24.

Winton Branch Library, 611 N. Winton Road
1 to 5 p.m.
Nov. 16. Jan. 18. 

Learn More

The Affordable Care Act is a set of health insurance reforms that started in 2010.  For more information, visit 

Navigator and In-Person Assistance programs are federally-funded and operated in accordance with the Act to make in-person support broadly available for those who need additional assistance enrolling.