Press Release: NY State of Health Partners with YMCAs Statewide to Help Families Access Affordable Health Coverage

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Offers Families an Opportunity to Learn About Marketplace Health Plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 25, 2019) - NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, will have certified enrollment assistors at more than 30 YMCAs statewide for the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27.  Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative to improve children’s health and well-being. The assistors will address questions about affordable health insurance, including Child Health Plus (CHP), New York State’s health insurance plan for children. 

“We are excited to participate in Healthy Kids Day and share in the YMCA’s mission of building healthier communities,” said NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “By interacting directly with families, we can let parents know about all the programs the Marketplace offers, including Child Health Plus, which is low-cost or free depending on income.”

CHP has been tremendously successful, serving approximately 419,000 children who may not otherwise have access to health coverage. The program is comprehensive health insurance that covers services including preventive care such as routine checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, and prescription coverage, as well as hospital care, dental and vision care, and more. Learn more about CHP here.     

To find a YMCA Healthy Kids Day event in your community click here.                       

More than 1,500 Ys across the country are taking part in Healthy Kids Day by holding free community events designed to inspire children to stay active physically and mentally year-round.

“The Y is committed to fostering healthier children and families through statewide initiatives,” said Kyle Stewart, Executive Director of the Alliance of New York State YMCAs. “We can’t think of a better opportunity for NY State of Health to educate families on affordable, quality healthcare options than at Healthy Kids Day – a day dedicated solely to promoting the health and well-being of children.”

Although enrollment in a 2019 Qualified Health Plan has ended, enrollment in Child Health Plus, the Essential Plan, and Medicaid is open all year. Learn more about year-round enrollment opportunities here.         




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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