LONG ISLAND GREEN HOMES…Most Long Islanders have already started making their homes more energy efficient, less costly to heat and cool, more comfortable and overall…more green. Energy efficiency investments in your home more than pay for themselves and save you money for years. As energy prices rise, this investment makes even more sense.
The Long Island Green Homes Consortium is a cooperative effort of seven Long Island municipalities. The goal of the Consortium is to reduce energy costs and usage for Long Island homeowners by helping them get comprehensive home energy audits and make cost effective energy upgrades to their home. Programs are available to all Long Island homeowners, no matter what town, city or village they live in.
You can start saving 20% on your home oil, gas and electric bills. How? you ask…Start by getting a comprehensive Home Energy Audit – it’s free or at a reduced cost for most Long Islanders.
• A licensed, insured, accredited contractor will perform a comprehensive analysis of your home.
• You will get a report of the existing conditions in your house and recommended upgrades with associated costs and estimated energy savings.
• Have the energy-saving measures installed, knowing that they will pay for themselves.
• With available low-cost financing, you could have no out-of-pocket expenses.
The contractor you deal with will be accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), the leading national standards and certifying organization for building science. Contractors must also be approved by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), LIPA and National Grid before they can participate in their programs.
The savings in your energy bills will pay for the improvements to your home and continue to save money, help the environment and keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer years.
For More Information – click on http://longislandgreenhomes.org/
NEW YORK STATE’S HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
In March 2010, Congress passed the health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law created a temporary program until January 2014 that makes coverage available for individuals who have a pre-existing medical condition, have not had insurance for six months, and who are legal US residents.
This new program is called the PRE-EXISTING CONDITION INSURANCE PLAN (PCIP) and will available throughout the country. In New York State, the PCIP plan is the NY Bridge Plan, administered by GHI, an EmblemHealth company.
PCIP plans will operate until the year 2014. At that time other provisions of health care reform will go into effect and state health benefit exchanges will be available for individuals to purchase coverage.
What is the NY Bridge Plan?
New York State chose GHI, an EmblemHealth company, to administer its PCIP, called the NY Bridge Plan. It is an Exclusive Provider Option (EPO), which means that you must use doctors and health care providers who are in the GHI EPO network, except in cases of emergency or when care is not available through a participating provider.
The NY Bridge Plan covers a broad range of services, including primary and specialty care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, and prescription drugs, as well as assistance from professional nurses and caseworkers to help you manage a chronic condition and maintain overall health. The NY Bridge plan features:
• No deductibles
• $20 office visit copays
• $200 emergency room copays
• $500 inpatient hospitalization copays
• Pharmacy benefits
• Vision care
• Preventive Care
With the NY Bridge Plan, your eligibility is not based on income. In fact, the NY Bridge Plan offers premium rates that are significantly lower than other individual coverage, plus low copayments and no deductibles. Premium rates are standardized depending on where you live. These rates are for individuals only, as there is no family or dependent coverage offered with the NY Bridge Plan. If other family members qualify, they may also apply for coverage separately. Accepted members will be billed individually and be fully responsible for paying the monthly premium. For more information go to the NY Bridge Plan website.
You can apply on-line: http://www.ghi.com/nybridgeplan/enroll_now.html
Enrollment is on a first come – first served basis. Eligibility Specialists are available to answer your questions and to offer enrollment assistance. Call the NY Bridge toll free number from 8:30a.m. to 5:30p.m., Monday thru Friday at 1-866-NYE-ZAPP (1-866-693-9277) TDD: 1-877-448-4975.
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