Health / Insurance

Because the Japanese and U.S. systems for medical insurance differ greatly, one gets the impression that medical insurance in the U.S. is complicated. If your employer provides insurance, that is good, but if not, you must purchase private insurance on your own. Furthermore, the Obama administration’s health care reform (commonly known as Obamacare) has made it mandatory for citizens to purchase insurance from January 1, 2014. Accordingly, the Medical Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) was launched on October 1, 2013, allowing people to easily compare insurance plans. In addition, low-income public health insurance such as Medicaid is now available through the Marketplace.

Medical Insurance (1~10)

This section introduces the screening tools (how to use the New York State Marketplace) for those who do not have medical insurance, as well as the public health insurance (Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Essential Plan) offered by the New York State government for low-income households. The following is a brief overview of the program.

Health (11~17)

Information on the H+H option, a New York City program that allows uninsured and undocumented individuals to receive medical care at income-based rates; the MSHG reduction program, a medical fee reimbursement program offered by member hospitals; and low-cost dental care and prescription drugs will also be presented.

  1. Health Insurance Research
  2. Health Insurance Screening Tool
  3. Affordable Care Act
  4. Medicaid
  5. Child Health Plus
  6. Essential Plan
  8. Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP)
  9. How to Use Japanese National Health Insurance in Foreign Countries
  10. From Coverage to Care
  11. H+H Option: Affordable Health Care for Those Who Are Uninsured
  12. MSHG Financial Assistance
  13. NYP Charity Care
  14. Affordable Dental Care
  15. Discount for Prescriptions
  16. Counseling Services in Japanese
  17. Suicide Prevention

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