Press Release: NY State of Health Educates College Graduates, Students About Affordable Health Coverage

In-Person Assistors will work directly with College Students Statewide to Enroll them in Quality Affordable Health Coverage

December 15 is the Deadline to Enroll for January 1, 2019 Coverage


ALBANY, NY (December 3, 2018) --NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, is hosting more than 20 informational and enrollment events at colleges across New York State. Certified enrollment assistors will be present on campuses throughout the week of December 3 to speak with students and those who are graduating about how to get affordable, quality health coverage and enroll in a health plan through the Marketplace. 

“Many college students who may no longer be on their parent’s health insurance plan will qualify for low-cost or free coverage through the Marketplace,” said NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “Through our partnership with SUNY and New York colleges, we are able to work directly with students and talk about their choices when it comes to health insurance.”
“The State University of New York (SUNY) continues to recognize the importance of students having health coverage during matriculation,” said SUNY Associate Provost for Student Affairs John L. Graham. “In partnership with NY State of Health, we are encouraged by their willingness to offer in-person assistance to eligible students that may need health insurance coverage.  This is an excellent opportunity and we applaud NY State of Health for their support.”
Details on the colleges participating in these events with NY State of Health can be found here
New Yorkers must enroll by December 15 for coverage beginning January 1, 2019. Open Enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan for 2019 ends on January 31.
Many students may qualify for free or very low-cost health insurance coverage through Medicaid or the Essential Plan. Enrollment in the Essential Plan, Medicaid and Child Health Plus is open year-round.  
All health plans offered through NY State of Health cover preventive care, such as routine doctor visits and screenings, at no additional cost. For information about Marketplace health plans and enrolling, visit:




Contact: New York State Department of Health

518-474.-7354 ext. 1


About NY State of Health

New York opened its health plan Marketplace, NY State of Health, in October 2013. The Marketplace’s one-stop health insurance shopping experience offers high quality comprehensive health plans. NY State of Health is the only place where consumers can qualify to get help paying for coverage through premium discounts or tax credits. Eligible New Yorkers can also enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan through the Marketplace all year.  For more information about the NY State of Health Marketplace, please visit: or call Customer Service at 1-855-355-5777, TTY: 1-800-662-1220 or find an enrollment assistor.


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