Essential Plan - Affordable health coverage

Stay healthy and save money with a Healthfirst Essential Plan.

Call: 1-844-488-1486

  • Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm

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Get affordable, essential health coverage with benefits such as:

  • $0 monthly plan premium
  • $0 deductible
  • $0 preventive care checkups
  • $0 copay to talk to a doctor 24/7 by phone or video chat*
  • $0 dental** and vision coverage
  • Low-cost generic prescription drugs


  • Emergency room visits
  • Hospital care
  • Access to a network of retail health clinics and urgent care centers
  • Personalized attention for chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, cancer, diabetes and others
  • Convenient, money-saving mail-order prescription service
  • And more

What are Essential Plans?

The Essential Plan is a New York health insurance program for lower-income state residents who don't qualify for Medicaid or the Child Health Plus program. There are four Essential Plan options, each based on household income level. All Essential Plans include dental and vision coverage without any copays or coinsurance when you get covered dental or vision services from a network provider. New York State created this program to fill the coverage gap that many individuals and families have, as they do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford full premium coverage.

Who are Essential Plans for?

Essential plans are for individuals 19–64 years of age who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, legal residents, or eligible immigrants.

Call today to see if a Healthfirst Essential Plan is right for you.

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Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm

TTY English: 1-888-542-3821
TTY Español: 1-888-867-4132

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*Dental services must be medically necessary to be covered; limitations apply.

*Provided by Teladoc®. Availability depends on plan.

Eligible immigrants are students with valid visas and most Permanently Residing Under Color Of Law (PRUCOL), but not Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), recipients.

Coverage is provided by Healthfirst PHSP, Inc. Plans contain exclusions and limitations.

Healthfirst complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description, of benefits. For more information, contact the plan.

Telemedicine (Teladoc) isn’t a replacement for your Primary Care Provider (PCP). Your PCP should always be your first choice for care (both in-person and virtual visits).

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