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Health Insurance | insurance for Children
Mayor's Office of Health Insurance Access
Health Insurance for Children: Child Health Plus A and B
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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) - Bureau of Health Insurance Services - About Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus

Child Health Plus A:

Child Health Plus A, formerly named children's Medicaid, is available for many children in working and immigrant families. Most children who are eligible for Child Health Plus A will receive their medical care through a health plan, and visit doctors and hospitals that accept that health plan.

  • Age: Children must be under the age of 19 years old
  • Residency: Must be a New York State resident
  • Citizenship/Immigration Status: Can be U.S. citizen or an immigrant. Most immigrants in New York State are eligible-except for undocumented immigrants and people on short-term visas who are not in the process of applying for permanent status.
  • Income: See DOHMH's income chart

Child Health Plus B:

Child Health Plus B provides free or low-cost health insurance for children under the age of 19 who are not eligible for Child Health Plus A.  All children receive their health care through a managed care plan.  There are no immigration requirements for Child Health Plus B.

  • Age: Children must be under the age of 19 years old
  • Residency: Must be a New York State resident
  • Health Coverage: Children can not have other health insurance coverage (there are some limited exceptions)
  • Income: Depending on a family's income, Child Plus B is free for some families and others have to pay a small monthly premium. Families with higher incomes can also purchase health coverage for their children at the full premium level. See DOHMH's income chart

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