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Student Health Plan–Medicaid (SHP–M)

Cornell's Student Health Plan–Medicaid (SHP–M) is offered in lieu of Medicaid – and in partnership with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) – to improve access to affordable health insurance for eligible Cornell students.

The plan was designed specifically Cornell undergraduate, professional, and self-paying graduate students who are enrolled in a New York State Medicaid plan.

SHP–M overview:

For more details, refer to "2016-2017 Plan Information" below.

NOTE: SHP–M is a separate and distinct plan from the "regular" Student Health Plan (SHP). Please contact the Office of Student Health Benefits if you would like more information about the benefits of either plan.


You are eligible to participate in this program for the 2016-2017 plan term if you are:

  • A Cornell University undergraduate, professional, or self-paying graduate student studying on the Ithaca campus
  • A New York State resident 
  • Enrolled in Medicaid in New York State*

*If you have questions about enrollment in Medicaid, please contact the Office of Student Health Benefits at 607 255-6363 or

2017-2018 plan information will be posted in late April/early May

2016-2017 plan information

The 2016-2017 SHP-M plan term will start on August 1, 2016 and ends July 31, 2017. 

* "Cornell Health" is the new name for Cornell's health services, referred to as "Gannett Health Services" in these documents.


The initial deadline for submitting an enrollment interest form has passed. If you are still interested in enrolling in SHP-M, you may complete the interest form below to be placed on a wait list. Students on the wait list may be considered for enrollment in SHP-M at a later date.

Please note: Adding your name to the wait list does not mean you will be enrolled in SHP-M, and you must still complete the standard SHP waiver process.

> Submit a 2016–2017 SHP–M wait list interest form

  • By submitting this form, you are authorizing the Office of Student Health Benefits to access your personal identifying information (including my name, date of birth, and social security number) and to send that information to the New York State Department of Health in order to verify your eligibility for Medicaid.
  • If you are found to be eligible, the Office of Student Health Benefits will enroll you in SHP–M. Enrolling in SHP–M (administered by Aetna Student Health) will result in your disenrollment from your current Medicaid Managed Care plan. This may result in a change of in-network Medicaid providers.
  • Once enrolled, it will be your responsibility to keep your enrollment in Medicaid active. (Please refer to the interest form for more details.)

Already enrolled in SHP-M? Please refer to our Welcome to SHP–M page.

More information

If you would like to learn more about this program, or would like to speak to someone about your eligibility, please contact Cornell's Office of Student Health Benefits:

Phone:    607 255-5467


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Contact Information

Student Health Benefits
312 College Avenue, Suite A
Ithaca, NY 14850 [map]