Health Insurance

Health Insurance (NYSHIP) for Doctoral Students at the CUNY Graduate Center

Active matriculating doctoral students at the Graduate Center who are employed as either Graduate Assistants or in one of the eligible Adjunct titles and meet specific income levels in those titles are eligible for health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents.

To be eligible all three requirements must be met:

  • First, the students must be matriculated in a doctoral program at the Graduate Center
  • Second, they must be employed in one of the following Professional Staff Congress (PSC) titles: Graduate Assistant A, B, C, or D; Adjunct Instructor; Adjunct Lecturer; Adjunct College Laboratory Technician (CLT); Non-Teaching Adjunct I or II
  • Third, they must earn a least $4,122 per year in one of those titles; or must earn at least $2,061 per semester if they are employed for just one semester

The health insurance is made available through the Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP), a component of the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP). Students wishing to enroll must complete an enrollment form and provide copies of their social security card, birth certificate, or passport and appointment letter. Additional documentation is required for those wishing to enroll dependents. All enrollment documentation must be presented to the GC Student Affairs office for processing. Once enrolled, participants will receive three insurance identification cards; a medical card to be used for hospitalization, emergency room, doctor office visits, laboratory tests, prescription drug, mental health and substance abuse benefits; one for dental care; and one for vision coverage.

Benefits are administered by a specified insurance provider depending upon the coverage.

  • Hospital- administered by Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • Medical/Laboratory- administered by UnitedHealthcare
  • Prescription Drug- administered by CVS Caremark
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse- administered by ValueOptions
  • Dental Care- administered by EmblemHealth
  • Vision Care- administered by Davis Vision 

To find providers participating in the program go to: The Empire Plan or
NYSHIP.

Scott Voorhees

NYSHIP Coordinator
Graduate Center
Student Affairs
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 100164309


Phone: (212) 817-7400 ext. 7406

Enhancements for 2014

There is no annual benefit maximum limit for essential benefits. Please refer to the Summary of Benefits for information which highlight the various components of the plan.

Further information about the various benefits, along with the ability to access and download the enrollment form, can be found at the Doctoral Student Employee Health Plan page on the CUNY University Benefits Office website.

Participants pay for the plan by having automatic bi-weekly deductions from their paychecks. For 2014, the bi-weekly premium for individual coverage is $10.39 and $65.10 for family coverage (which includes spouses, children and domestic partners). The cost for the NYSHIP program is subsidized by the Graduate Center and Chancellery.

Students teaching at CUNY community colleges

Doctoral students appointed at one of CUNY’s community colleges who meet the eligibility criteria and who want NYSHIP coverage must contact the GC Student Affairs office so that they can be switched from city payroll to state payroll. This must be completed before being enrolled for NYSHIP coverage. Their payroll must be transferred each semester while employed at a community college. 

For further information

For specific questions about coverage please contact :
NYSHIP at 1-877-769-7447

Additional information is also available by sending an email to healthinsuranceinfo@gc.cuny.edu

Those that do not meet the eligibility criteria for NYSHIP/SEHP coverage, can obtain information on alternative student health insurance from the Student Health Insurance Resource Guide.

Public Health Insurance (Medicaid):

You may qualify for Medicaid or other public assistance. Contact Lance Scholar at the Children’s Aid Society for information about public health insurance options, if you qualify, and assistance with applying. Contact him at 212-949-4897 or lanceg@childrensaidsociety.org

A note to students without Health Insurance:
If you are uninsured, you might want to contact Student Affairs at 212-817-7400 or visit them in Room 7301 to learn about some options which may benefit you and your family. It is not advised to be uninsured. If you remain uninsured, however, you should learn which clinics and hospitals are available at a sliding fee or no cost BEFORE you need them/get sick or injured. Please see the Student Health Insurance Resource Guide for help.

Toll-Free Hotline for New York City Resources: Call 3-1-1 or visit nyc.gov

The CUNY–UnitedHealthcare Student Health Insurance Program PPO for Domestic and International Students

This insurance program is for matriculated students taking six or more credits. Any insured person in this plan should choose a health provider/doctor from within an approved limited network of doctors. Visit the CUNY–UnitedHealthcare Student Health Insurance Program website. This page has the benefits and exclusions information, the cost of the insurance, and the application. Coverage begins on the first day of the month you enroll.

For an up-to-date list of doctors and hospitals in the UnitedHealthcare Options PPO network see the Provider Lookup Online. Additionally, it is a good idea to ask your health care provider if they are currently still accepting the CUNY–UnitedHealthcare Student Health Insurance Program.

For questions directly related to CUNY–UnitedHealthcare Student Health Insurance Program, contact Andrea Facey at 646-344-7272 or at Andrea.Facey@mail.cuny.edu. For UnitedHealthcare Customer Service call 800-767-0700. General information is also available at https://www.uhcsr.com/CUNY.

Open Enrollment
Fall 2013 open enrollment will begin the week of August 12 and continue through October 31. There will be another open enrollment period for the spring 2014 semester.

Uninsured Students

If you are uninsured, you might want to contact Student Affairs to learn about some options which may benefit you and your family. It is not advised to be uninsured. If you remain uninsured, however, you should learn which clinics and hospitals are available at a sliding fee or no cost BEFORE you need them/get sick or injured. Please see the Student Health Insurance Resource Guide for help: Student Health Insurance Resource Guide
or contact Student Affairs

Elise Perram

Associate Director of Student Affairs
Graduate Center
Student Affairs
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 100164309


Phone: (212) 817-7411