Press Release: NY State of Health Helps Students Start the School Year Strong with Health Coverage

Aug 30, 2018

Enrollment Assistors will be on-site at Back- to- School Events Across NYS

Enrollment in Child Health Plus Open Year-Round


ALBANY, N.Y. (August 30, 2018) - NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, is providing information about affordable health insurance coverage options to families at free Back-to-School events. Certified enrollment assistors will be available at locations throughout the state to answer questions and make appointments to complete real-time enrollments in a health plan through the Marketplace. Additionally, NY State of Health is including educational materials in thousands of student backpacks to inform parents about the availability of free or low-cost health insurance through the Marketplace.

“Back to school means back to learning for students, and this year it means a chance for parents and caregivers to learn about the affordable health plans available through the Marketplace,’’ said NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “Enrolling children in health insurance is a step toward ensuring that youngsters feel and perform their best throughout the school year.”

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has one of the lowest rates of uninsured children in the nation, however, there’s still work to be done. Approximately 15,000 children in the state are eligible but have not enrolled in subsidized coverage through New York’s Child Health Plus (CHP) program, which provides coverage for children up to age 19 in households with incomes up to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or a family of four with an income of about $100,000. In New York State, CHP has been tremendously successful serving approximately 375,000 children who may not otherwise have access to health coverage. CHP is comprehensive health insurance that covers services including preventive care such as routine checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, prescription coverage, as well as hospital care, dental and vision care, and more. Learn more about CHP here.

NY State of Health assistors will be on site at the following Back-to-School events:


August 30, 2018

  • 141st Street, between Hamilton Place and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan, 5pm-7:30pm


August 31, 2018

  • Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, 9882 River Road Utica, 3pm-6pm


September 1, 2018

  • Capital South Campus Center, 20 Warren Street, Albany, 10am - 3pm


September 8, 2018

  • Harriet Tubman School Yard, 250 West 126th Street, Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr & Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan, 12pm-7pm


  • Boys & Girls Club of Poughkeepsie, New Hook Community Center, 221 Smith Street, Poughkeepsie, 11am-3pm


September 15, 2018

  • Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Columbus Clubhouse at 543 East 189th Street, Bronx, 12pm-4pm


  • Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh, Glen Hines Memorial, 285 Liberty Street, Newburgh, 1pm-4pm


  • Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, 10am-3pm


September 27, 2018

  • Urban Choice Charter School, 545 Humboldt St., Rochester, 6pm-7:30pm


All health plans offered through NY State of Health cover preventive care, such as routine doctor visits and screenings, at no additional cost. Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan is open all year.





Contact: NY 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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