Press Release: NY State of Health Educates Students on Affordable Health Insurance at Colleges Across the State

Marketplace Hosts Informational Campus Events, Enrollment Assistors Help Eligible New Yorkers Maintain Health Coverage as Renewal Deadlines Approach


ALBANY, N.Y. (August 28, 2023) – NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced a state-wide college campaign, with informational events taking place on campuses as students return. Certified enrollment assistors will be available in popular spots on campus to educate students on affordable, quality health insurance through the Marketplace, and help current enrollees renew their coverage.

“Many students are eligible or currently enrolled in public health insurance, and we want to ensure a seamless process to newly enrolled or stay covered,” said NY State of Health Executive Director Danielle Holahan. “By partnering with SUNY and CUNY we are able to help direct students to renew their coverage and find a health plan that best fits their needs and their budget.

Details on NY State of Health college events can be found here

As of May 2023, almost 9.6 million New Yorkers - nearly half of the State’s population - are currently enrolled in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan.  Many students may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through Medicaid, Essential Plan, or Qualified Health Plans with financial assistance. Enrollment is currently open for all programs. 

With federal COVID-19 continuous coverage provisions that allowed individuals to stay enrolled in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or the Essential Plan without renewing ending this year, redeterminations for these public health programs are resuming for first time since 2020.  Renewal notices are being mailed based on individual enrollment end dates and began with enrollees whose coverage ended June 30, 2023.  The State is monitoring enrollment during this process with a Public Health Emergency Unwind Dashboard, which tracks renewal status, demographics, and state program transitions every month.

All redeterminations are required to be completed by May 2024. Enrollees have been encouraged to make sure their contact information is up to date with their local Department of Social Services, the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) or NY State of Health. The Department of Health will continue to promote the public health enrollment unwind through targeted outreach activities, including a robust public education campaign and close partnership with healthcare providers to ensure they are equipped to help consumers through the process. When you hear from us, it’s time to take action on your health insurance

College students can sign up for NY State of Health text alerts to receive important health insurance updates, including when it’s time to renew, by texting START to 1-866-988-0327. Current consumers are encouraged to update their NY State of Health account information (mailing address, phone, email) so they know when to renew.

For more information or questions about redeterminations and the renewal process, consumers should reach out to the NY State of Health Customer Service Center at 1-855-355-5777 or to their local Department of Social Services office, or learn more on the NY State of Health website and the Department of Health’s Medicaid website.  Both sites are updated regularly.





Contact: New York State Department of Health

518-474-2043 x. 2



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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