Press Release: NY State of Health Announces Enrollment Surges: More Than 3.6 Million New Yorkers Secure Health Coverage

Nearly 50,000 sign up during final two days of Open Enrollment

An additional 800,000 New Yorkers enroll through the Marketplace since January 2016


ALBANY, N.Y. (February 1, 2017) -- NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced that more than 3.6 million New Yorkers enrolled in comprehensive health coverage through NY State of Health, a 28 percent increase from 2016.

“New York continues its commitment to bring affordable, comprehensive health coverage to New Yorkers” said NY State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore. “New Yorkers now have access to affordable health insurance coverage, giving hundreds of thousands of previously uninsured individuals economic and healthcare security.”

In the final two days of the 2017 Open Enrollment period, NY State of Health enrolled 45,807 people in coverage bringing the total number of people who receive coverage through the Marketplace to more than 3.6 million- an increase of more than 800,000 people since the end of 2016 Open Enrollment.

January 31, 2017 was the busiest day ever for the NY State of Health Marketplace website. The website provided nearly 3 million page views and was used by more than 110,000 users. This exceeded the prior busiest day of December 15, 2016, in both page views and users. In addition, NY State of Health’s Customer Service Center received more than 100,000 calls on the final day of open enrollment.   

As of January 31, more than 1.2 million people enrolled in a non-Medicaid program through the Marketplace: 242,880 people enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan – nearly 60 percent of them qualified for federal tax credits, which most use to reduce monthly premiums throughout the year.

In 2016, New York launched the Essential Plan under the Affordable Care Act’s Basic Health Plan option. Unique to New York, the Essential Plan makes coverage even more affordable for lower-income New Yorkers. As of January 31, enrollment in the Essential Plan reached 665,324, an increase of 75 percent in just one year. In addition, 299,214 children enrolled in Child Health Plus.

A total of 2,427,375 people enrolled in Medicaid as of January 31 through the NY State of Health Marketplace.

Total enrollment across all NY State of Health programs as of January 31, 2017, is 3,634,793.

Additional information detailing the 2017 Open Enrollment period will be available in the coming weeks.




Contact: New York 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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