CUNY Launches University-Wide Drive To Promote Free Health Insurance for Thousands of Students and Their Children

A new City University-wide campaign aimed at providing free and low-cost health insurance for tens of thousands of students and their children through New York State’s Child Health Plus insurance program was launched on March 13 at Borough of Manhattan Community College. The CUNY campaign is the largest higher education effort in the state.

CUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Herman Badillo, Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) Chairperson Dr. Rosa M. Gil, BMCC President Antonio Perez and officers of 100 Hispanic Men and 100 Hispanic Women stressed the urgent need to provide health insurance for children, and helped enroll the first group of BMCC students and their children in the program. Almost 40,000 CUNY students or their children are eligible for free coverage. The program is open to New York State residents under age 19 who don’t have Medicaid or other insurance. Child Health Plus coverage can be free or can cost as little as $9 a month, depending on family income.

Health care services offered include doctor’s visits, hospital, dental, vision, mental health, and substance abuse care, as well as medicine and medical equipment. Representatives of MetroPlus Health Plan, the HHC HMO, inaugurated the enrollment effort at BMCC. Enrollment opportunities are scheduled to be completed at all 19 CUNY campuses by May.