Health Services

UnitedHealthcare Student Health Insurance

Health insurance is available to matriculated CUNY students who are enrolled for six credits or more each term through UnitedHealthcare. The policy includes the provision of an array of hospital and medical benefits, including:

  • 100% coverage for Affordable Care Act (ACA) required preventative care services when service is received from a Preferred Provider;
  • $1million maximum benefit per Insured Person per Policy Year;
  • No pre-existing condition exclusion;
  • Copayments for medical office visits, mental health care services, prescription drugs, and diagnostic X-ray and laboratory services;
  • Access to 24-hour nurse and counseling telephone consultation;
  • Easy to find participating hospitals and health care providers; and,
  • World-wide coverage, including medical evacuation benefits when traveling abroad or away from the New York area.

For complete coverage and premium information, visit

If you wish to join UnitedHealthcare, you must act during one of two designated enrollment periods held twice each year, during the fall and spring semesters. The fall term open enrollment period concludes on October 1st.

To enroll, follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to UnitedHealthcare's online enrollment form at;
  2. When asked for your campus name, select "The CUNY School of Professional Studies";
  3. Complete the entire application, then submit online.

If you have questions, please call United Healthcare at 800.767.0700.

New York Bridge Plan

The NY Bridge Plan is a temporary program aimed at providing affordable health insurance to people with pre-existing medical conditions who currently are uninsured. An overview of the program, along with coverage, benefits, rates, enrollment information and more can be obtained by visiting the website at:

New York Prescription Saver

For eligible individuals between the ages of 50 to 64 or those with disabilities, prescription drug discounts can be obtained by using New York Prescription Saver. It is a free pharmacy discount card that can be used to lower the cost of drugs by an average of 24% for brands and 67% for generics. Visit the website for more information and to apply at:

Free or Low-Cost Health Clinics

The Ryan Center

Three Locations:
110 West 97th Street (btw Amsterdam and Columbus Aves). 212.749.1820
279 East 3rd Street (btw Aves C & D). 212.477.8500
645 10th Ave (btw 45th and 46th Sts.). 212.265.4500
The Ryan Center is a community health center with three locations in Manhattan. They provide medical, dental, gynecological, mental health and optometry, among many other medical specializations. They also provide medical services for a sliding fee based on your income level for patients without health insurance. Additionally, all prescriptions are provided for $10 from their pharmacy for patients without prescription drug coverage.

NYU NYC Free Clinic

Address: 16 East 16th Street (btw 5th Ave and Bdwy)
As their website states: "The NYCFC, New York's only comprehensive free health care clinic, believes that high-quality health care is the right of all individuals. We provide, at no cost to our patients, the full range of health care services, including specialty referrals, counseling, patient education, social services, and screening and registration for public health insurance." Appointments are available ONLY on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:45 pm. To make an appointment call: 212-206-5200.

The Institute for Family Health

Four Locations:
Sidney Hillman Family Practice: 16 East 16 Street - 3rd Floor. 212.924.7744
Phillips Family Practice: 16 East 16th St. - 1st floor. 212.206.5200
East 13th St. Family Practice: 113 East 13th St.. 212.253.1830
Amsterdam Health Center: 690 Amsterdam Avenue at 94th St. 212.865.4104
This is a group of clinics in Manhattan and the Bronx. They run 2 free Saturday clinics, one in Manhattan and one in the Bronx. See the website for details. Each clinic has a team of social workers who can help you get health insurance if you are uninsured. Additionally, if you are uninsured, the fee is "sliding scale" based on your income.

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

356 West 18th Street (btw 8th and 9th Aves). 212.271.7200
A health center specializing in health issues for New York's LGBTQ population, yet accepting of all patients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Callen-Lorde is a respectful environment, staffed with excellent physicians, gynecologists, social workers and even a dentist. The clinic is very clean, efficient and professional. If you earn less than $21,660/year, you will qualify for a sliding-scale fee. They also have an agreement with a CVS in Chelsea where you can receive a discount on prescriptions if you are paying out of pocket when the prescription was written by Callen-Lorde. Sometimes, they can take a same-day appointment. However, they can help you find an LGBTQ friendly provider in New York City.