Press Release: As Major Enrollment Deadline Approaches, NY State of Health Enrollment Remains High

New Yorkers Are Encouraged to Enroll by Friday, December 15th for January 1st Health Coverage


ALBANY, N.Y. (December 13, 2017) - NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced that enrollment continues to increase as consumers approach the important December 15th deadline to enroll for coverage that starts January 1, 2018.  Since last reported, enrollment in Qualified Health Plans and the Essential Plan has increased by an additional 32,000 people, continuing to outpace enrollment at the same point last year by 13 percent.

“The deadline to enroll in coverage that starts January 1st is quickly approaching – consumers are encouraged to act now,” said NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “We know from spikes in enrollment numbers over the past few weeks that New Yorkers are eager to enroll in Marketplace plans, a trend that is likely to intensify as the December 15th deadline approaches.”

Website traffic remains strong with nearly one million unique visitors since November 1st and reflecting an increase of nearly 185,000 people since last reported.  There have been over 52 million page views on the NY State of Health website since November 1 – an increase of 11 million since last reported.  In addition, the Customer Service Center has answered more than 865,000 calls since November 1st - up 180,000 calls since last reported.  Website and call volumes are expected to increase as the December 15th deadline approaches.

Open Enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan continues through January 31st, 2018. Enrollment in the Essential Plan, Medicaid and Child Health Plus is open all year.

For information on enrollment eligibility or to enroll in a health plan, visit, call the Customer Service Center at 1-855-355-5777 or contact an enrollment assistor. NY State of Health representatives will be available at many events across the state to educate New Yorkers about the Marketplace, and to enroll consumers in health plans. A list of locations is available on the events map.





Contact: NY State Department of Health


518-474-7354 ext. 1


About NY State of Health


New York opened its health plan Marketplace, NY State of Health, in October 2013. The Marketplace’s one stop health insurance shopping experience offers high quality comprehensive health plans. NY State of Health is the only place where consumers can qualify to get help paying for coverage through premium discounts or tax credits. Eligible New Yorkers can also enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan through the Marketplace all year.  For more information about the NY State of Health Marketplace, please visit: or call Customer Service at 1-855-355-5777, TTY: 1-800-662-1220 or find an enrollment assistor.

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