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NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs Fellowship Program

The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs Fellowship program is designed to attract intelligent, motivated students to public service early on in their graduate careers. The Office of Health Insurance Programs is tasked with managing the Medicaid program in New York State. Medicaid in New York serves over 6 million members and has a budget of more than $63 billion.

About the Office of Health Insurance Programs

The overall mission of the Office of Health Insurance Programs is to optimize the health of Medicaid members by wisely using all available resources. OHIP is responsible for administering New York's Medicaid budget by collaborating with stakeholders across the health care industry including other state agencies, local and federal government agencies, providers, members, and community-based organizations. OHIP is also responsible for implementation of major initiatives including Medicaid Redesign, the Affordable Care Act, and State Administration of Medicaid.

Your Role

The Office of Health Insurance Programs is positioned to be a key player in health care transformation. You will be part of it, and ALL contributions are critical to achieving our goals to make New York's health care system the most efficient, quality-driven and affordable health care system in the United States. OHIP is exploring new areas and ideas, and we need hard working innovators to make that happen.


  • Attend MRT, DSRIP and VBP project management and related policy meetings, support related activities as needed
  • Serve as liaison/resource across divisions and bureaus to create cohesion among MRT, DSRIP and/or VBP efforts
  • Perform research and analysis related to Medicaid Redesign, value-based payment and health system transformation and make informed policy recommendations
  • Support work related to the NYS Budget Process and Negotiations
  • When possible, shadow OHIP senior staff, to attend meetings, summarize results, and develop action items for disbursement
  • Develop and manage project management workplans related to key initiatives
  • Develop and deliver presentation to OHIP staff related to fellowship focus areas, other health policy areas of interest
  • Support OHIP staff by serving as a resource for policy-related questions and issues
  • Prepare and write briefing materials, presentations, policy briefs and other deliverables as needed
  • Maintain current working knowledge of health, Medicaid, and related issues, particularly related to OHIP's priority areas

Fellowship pay and expectations:

The Fellowship is for twelve months, with the possibility of renewal for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance. Fellows are paid an hourly rate of $18.53 per hour which can cover their tuition and additional expenses. Fellows are expected to work twenty to twenty five hours per week maximum while MPA classes are in session and during breaks.

The Office of Health Insurance Programs is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

To apply, applicants must:

  • Submit a complete application to the MPA program by the February 1 funding deadline;
  • Submit a resume and cover letter to no later than February 15.

Interested applicants may apply for the Fellowship program prior to receiving an MPA admissions decision. However, acceptance to the Fellowship program is contingent upon an offer of admission to the MPA program at Rockefeller College. Preference will be given to applicants from underrepresented populations.

We will contact eligible candidates for interviews shortly after the deadline.