New York Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to New York.


Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration

State Disability Insurance
New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF)

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources

Consumer Rights


Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

State Fair Employment Agency
New York State Division of Human Rights

State Paid Family Leave

New York State Insurance Fund

Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Quick Guide to Health Insurance Marketplaces

New York Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
New York State of Health

New York State Insurance Department
Department of Financial Services

U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

COBRA-New York
Department of Financial Services

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

New York Medicaid Program

Senior Services
New York State Department of Aging

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program
Call the Medicaid Helpline 800.541.2831

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Child Health Plus

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family

More Health Insurance Resources


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP)

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program


Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
New York State Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance

Agency: New York Department of Labor

Information is available here. New claims should be filed here. Information on certifying weekly claims for benefits can be found here. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Payment is available via direct deposit or debit card. Claimants must maintain a verifiable job search record in order to maintain eligibility for benefits and must make at least three job search contacts per week. There is a comprehensive guidebook for claimants available in many languages. Frequently asked questions are answered here. There is also information for self-employed people. Information for teachers and other school workers can be found here. Customer service can be reached by phone: (888) 209-8124 or by sending a message through the claimant’s online account.

Updates related to New York unemployment benefits and Covid-19

State Clinical Trials Law

This state does not mandate insurers or HMOs doing business in state to cover routine patient costs associated with clinical trials.

(Current as of 8/2022)

State Leave Laws

Paid Family Leave

  • Who’s eligible? Almost all employees of private employers (a) after 26 consecutive weeks of employment if regularly working 20 or more hours per week or (b) after 175 days worked if regularly working less than 20 hours per week.
  • Who can be cared for? A family member with a serious health condition, certified by a medical professional. Family member includes a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, in-law, grandparent, or grandchild. Beginning in 2023, it will include siblings.
  • How much time is given? Up to 12 weeks.
  • How much is paid? Up to 67% of your average weekly wage up to a cap of the current Statewide Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). For 2022, the SAWW is $1,594.57, which means the maximum weekly benefit is $1,068.36. You can calculate your weekly benefits here.
  • How do I apply? Submit paperwork to your employer’s insurance carrier within 30 days after the start of your leave and give your employer advance notice.
  • Helpful Resources: WebsiteFact Sheet

Paid Sick Leave

New York passed a law on April 3, 2020, providing for paid sick leave; employees were eligible to use this paid leave starting January 1, 2021. All private sector employees may be eligible, however, the amount of leave allowed depends on the employer's size. For an employer with 100+ employees, they must provide up to 56 hours of paid leave per calendar year. For employers with 5-99 employees, they must provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year. For employers with less than 5 employees, they are only required to provide paid leave up to 40 hours if their net income is over $1 Million; otherwise they must only provide unpaid leave to employees. Most federal, state, or local government employees are not covered under this law. For more information, see the state website. The law requires that employees accrue paid leave at a rate of at least one hour per every 30 hours worked.

For more information about leave laws in each state, see our chart on taking time off from work.