Media Advisory: Child Health Plus Enrollment Event Seeks to Enroll All Uninsured New York City Children in Health Insurance

NEW YORK (October 2, 2008) – As a result of legislation approved by Governor David A. Paterson and the State Legislature, children in families with annual incomes up to $70,000 for a family of three ($84,000 for family of four) are now eligible to obtain subsidized coverage under New York's Child Health Plus insurance program. (See attached Fact Sheet).

On Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Asia Gate entrance to the Bronx Zoo at the corner of Bronx Park South and Boston Road, Anne Marie Costello of the Office of Health Insurance Programs of the State Health Department will be available to speak with members of the media and answer questions regarding New York's expanded Child Health Plus program. In addition, a 15-year-old Bronx girl will discuss the important health care she received through Child Health Plus.

Who

Anne Marie Costello, Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health with 15-year-old Bronx girl who has received health care through Child Health Plus and Medicaid.

What

Press Availability to answer questions regarding New York's expanded Child Health Plus Program

Where

Bronx Zoo, Asia Gate entrance, corner of Bronx Park South and Boston Road

When

Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NOTE: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, families can get free assistance enrolling their children in Child Health Plus at the Bronx Zoo. Families attending this Child Health Plus enrollment event to enroll on site, begin an application, or make an appointment to apply, will receive free admission to the zoo during this time.