Press Release: State Parks Host NY State of Health Awareness Days to Educate Visitors on Affordable Coverage Available through the Marketplace

Aug 19, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 19, 2016) - NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation are pleased to announce the first  “NY State of Health Awareness Day on August 20th in select state parks throughout the state.  The NY State of Health Awareness Day will give visitors the opportunity to learn about getting affordable coverage through the Marketplace. Local in-person assistors will be stationed at several parks to provide information, answer questions and make one- on-one appointments to help people apply and enroll in affordable coverage. 


”We’re excited to partner for the first time with  the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and  Historic Preservation to bring information about affordable health insurance to consumers,” said  NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “Our beautiful state parks are the perfect summer time setting to share information about how easy and affordable it is to get coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace”. 


“Active and healthy lifestyles strengthen mind, muscles, heart and lungs, and state parks provide ample opportunity to run, walk, hike, swim, launch a canoe or kayak, or ride a bike,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “There is mounting evidence that access to parks can improve health, and physical activity helps prevent medical problems. A partnership with the Department of Health to offer the opportunity to learn more about the NY State of Health Marketplace is another great example of how visiting State Parks is part of a healthy lifestyle.”


Individuals eligible for New York’s new Essential Plan, with premiums at $20 or less a month, and individuals eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plus can enroll in coverage through NY State of Health at any time during the year.  Individuals with higher incomes who have a qualifying life event such as becoming pregnant, or losing other insurance coverage may be eligible to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan through a Special Enrollment Period. Open enrollment for Qualified Health Plans begins on November 1, 2016.


Below is a list of State Parks where consumers will be able to meet with a NY State of Health certified expert between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on August 20th.




Inside Park Location


Delta Lake State Park


8797 State Route 46

Rome, NY 13440

Near beach

outside 4 Seasons Room


Darien Lake State Park


10475 Harlow Rd, Darien Center, NY 14040

Near beach close to main office


Point Au Roche State Park


19 Camp Red Cloud Road

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Near beach

Niagara County

Whirlpool State Park

Robert Moses State Parkway, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Inside pavilion


Buffalo Harbor State Park


1111 Fuhrmann Blvd

Buffalo, NY 14203

Near playground


Thompson’s Lake Campground – Thacher State Park

68 Thompsons Lake Road

East Berne, NY 12059

On lawn near beach


Moreau Lake State Park


605 Old Saratoga Road

Gansevoort, NY 12831

Near beach


Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park


2957 Crompond Road

Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Near pool


Bear Mountain State Park


3006 Seven Lakes Dr. Tomkins Cove, NY 10986

Near zoo and pool


Lake Superior State Park


342 Dr Duggan Rd

Bethel, NY 12720

Near beach


A full list of NY State of Health and partner community events can be found at  Events are continuously added to the calendar.




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.


About New York State Parks

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 66 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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