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New York Health Insurance Policies and Programs


Important Changes to New York Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan

Do you or a family member currently have health insurance through New York State Medicaid, Child Health Plus or the Essential Plan? Starting in Spring 2023, New York State will resume eligibility reviews and renewals for people enrolled in these programs. This means that you may need to take action to renew your health insurance or the insurance of your family members.

Visit the NY State of Health website to learn more. NY State of Health is New York’s Official Health Plan Marketplace. You can sign up to receive text alerts from NY State of Health so you don't miss important health insurance updates, including when it's time to renew your coverage.

The New York State of Health website can also help you shop for and enroll in health insurance. You can compare options and prices, calculate costs, estimate your financial assistance amount, and preview plans available to you before applying.

Appealing the Denial of Healthcare Services

If your insurer or HMO denies health care services as not medically necessary, experimental/investigational or out-of-network, you have the right to appeal to the Department of Financial Services. This appeal is known as an external appeal. Health care providers also have the right to an external appeal when health care services are denied (concurrently or retrospectively).

The Federal No Surprises Act

Prescription Drug Price Spikes

DFS investigates significant price increases for certain drugs sold or advertised in New York State, and requires companies to show reasonable justification for sudden increases.

Mental Health and Substance Use

Infertility, Fertility Preservation, and Surrogacy

Child Health Plus

Every child in New York who is under age 19 who does not have health insurance is eligible for the Child Health Plus program. Child Health Plus offers comprehensive health coverage, including physician visits, hospital stays, outpatient care and prescription drugs. No copayments apply. Visit the Department of Health for more information on Child Health Plus or call (800) 698-4543 or your local department of social services or department of health.

Healthy NY

DFS oversees the Healthy NY program in partnership with HMOs and other insurance companies in New York State, to offer comprehensive health insurance to small businesses.

Public Viewing of Accident & Health Insurance Form Filings

Certain accident & health insurance policy filings and Plan Management filings are made available for public viewing online via the NAIC SERFF State Filing Access website. Filings disposed of on and after February 27, 2018 are available there. (Filings may be updated or changed by a subsequent filing. You should search for the most recent version of the filing.) The Department is not responsible for any errors in or omissions from the filings. Filings may contain material that is protected by copyright laws and no person may reproduce, redistribute, or make commercial use of any such material in violation of those laws. The public may also obtain access to filings by submitting a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the Department.