October 19, 2014

Student Insurance Changes to Increase Coverage for Medicaid Students on Campus

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The creation of a new coverage plan for students enrolled in Medicaid in New York State is among many changes to the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan that Cornellians may face this semester.

Students who currently receive Medicaid in New York State may be adequately covered at home but do not receive the same benefits at Cornell — for example, students may only be covered in emergencies while at Cornell, according to Valerie Lyon, associate director of business and finance at Gannett Health Services.

“[Medicaid] works great in your geographic area, but when you’re away studying in Ithaca, there are not participating providers here because of network restrictions,” Lyon said.

Gannett Health Services. Michelle Feldman / Sun Senior Editor