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Graphic Design to Help Figure Out Health Insurance

November 6, 2015

To help the thousands of people in New York who still don’t have health insurance, the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) worked with Community Health Advocates (CHA, a program of the Community Service Society), designers Other Means, and illustrator Tim Lahan to create Figuring Out Health Insurance, a poster that walks individuals through the process of obtaining health insurance. This issue of Making Policy Public illustrates basic rights under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),how health insurance works, and how to get insurance—including reduced price programs.

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay, and that means almost everyone has the right to health insurance now. But that doesn’t mean getting it is simple, especially for people who’ve never had it before, or who face literacy or language barriers.”

CHA launched Figuring Out Health Insurance at a meeting of professional health care advocates, just before the start of the 2015 open enrollment period. Advocates who work with individuals who lack insurance will give out the poster to people throughout all of New York.

Read more about how the poster was created and funded at