NY State of Health Educates State College Students on Affordable Health Coverage Options

Certified Assistors Provide Enrollment Support on SUNY and CUNY Campuses Throughout the State

March 15 is the Deadline to Enroll for April 1, 2022 Coverage

ALBANY, NY (March 10, 2022) -NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced its partnership with SUNY and CUNY colleges throughout the State to educate students about how to enroll in affordable, quality health coverage. Informational events will take place during March, with certified enrollment assistors onsite to answer questions and provide enrollment assistance.

“Especially during the pandemic, it’s important for everyone, including college students, to have coverage when they need it, and NY State of Health’s certified enrollment assistors are ready to educate students about the ins and outs of health coverage and help them pick a plan that meets their needs,” said NY State of Health Executive Director, Danielle Holahan. “Nearly all NY State of Health enrollees qualify for low-cost or free coverage. We encourage anyone who needs health insurance to attend a campus event to learn about their options and shop for a plan.”

 Details on the colleges participating in these events with NY State of Health can be found here. 

New Yorkers who enroll by March 15 will have coverage beginning April 1, 2022.

Enrollment for 2022 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) will remain open for the duration of the federal public health emergency, declared in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrollment in the Essential Plan, Medicaid and Child Health Plus is open all year.

This Open Enrollment Period, more people than ever qualify for financial assistance for health insurance. The American Rescue Plan has made it possible for more New Yorkers, including higher income individuals and families, to access federal tax credit savings that lower the cost of monthly health insurance premiums. 

All health plans offered through NY State of Health cover preventive care, such as mental and behavioral health services, routine doctor visits and screenings, and more. For more information about Marketplace health plans and enrolling in coverage, visit: nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

Consumers can enroll in a health plan by:

  • Logging onto the website at nystateofhealth.ny.gov
  • Meeting with an in-person assistor. Find an assistor here.
  • Calling the Customer Service Center at 1-855-355-5777 which is open:
  • Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For Enrollment reminders and updates, consumers may opt in for text messages from NY State of Health by texting “START” to 1-866-988-0327, on their NY State of Health online account or with a Certified Enrollment Assistor. Learn about Terms of service here.

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