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Child Health Plus

Offered by Independent Health to Residents of Erie & Niagara Counties

What is Child Health Plus?

Child Health Plus is a health insurance plan for children under 19. It offers a range of coverage options, from free coverage or a small monthly amount ($15-$60 per child/teen), to a very affordable full premium cost. Your income and the size of your family determine your monthly premium. You can enroll your child(ren) in Child Health Plus at any time during the year.

For additional information, make sure to check out some of our Helpful Resources.

Are you eligible?

Your child/teen may be eligible for Child Health Plus if they:

Are under the age of 19.

Have no other health insurance.

Are not eligible for Medicaid.

Are a New York state resident.

Do not have access to the public employees’ New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP).

If you are unsure if you are eligible, call 1-855-355-5777. (TTY: 1-800-662-1220) Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; visit the NY State of Health Marketplace or you can call Independent Health at (716) 505-8515 or 1-855-210-9930 (TTY: 711) Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Need to Renew?

We Make It Easy! Call Now to Renew.

New York state requires you to renew your child’s health plan once a year. The last thing you need to worry about is losing your coverage. When it’s time for you to renew, let us help!

Why Choose Independent Health?

As a member with Independent Health you get personalized service and the attention you deserve. Plus, Independent Health offers you benefits, including: 

  • A wide provider network, offering you plenty of choices and access to doctors.
  • Help searching for a doctor, with access to our online Find a Doctor tool.
  • Online member tools, where you can check your benefit summary, review claims and more.
  • Wellness discounts at a wide range of community partners. Just show your member ID card!
  • 24-Hour Medical Help Line lets you speak with a registered nurse anytime you have a health concern or can’t reach your doctor!
  • More Quality You Can Trust. Ranked 5 Stars in the NYS Consumer Rating Guide for Medicaid and Child Health Plus Health Plans.
  • We make it easy for you to get high quality care. Call an Independent Health RedShirt and we'll renew your coverage right over the phone!

Find a RedShirt

Select a convenient time at a location in your neighborhood to talk to a RedShirt about which plan option is right for you.

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Plan Summary


$0–$60 per month or full premium based on household income and family size



Benefits at a Glance

Doctor Visits (Well or Sick)

Dental Care
(Routine or Emergency)

Vision Care


Lab Tests and X-rays

Emergency/Urgent Services

Hospital Stays

Prescription and Non-prescription drugs

Family planning and reproductive services, including HIV testing

Limited occupational, physical and speech therapy

Behavioral Health Services managed by Carelon Behavioral Health

For a complete description of benefits please see the Child Health Plus Handbook and Contract.

Helpful Resources

To learn more about applying for health insurance including Child Health Plus and Medicaid through NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace, visit or call 1-855-355-5777.