Press Release: NY State of Health Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 10, 2018

Enroll Today! Open Enrollment Runs Through January 31st

Customer Service Center Hours Extended


ALBANY, N.Y. (January 10, 2018) - NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced participation in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events being held in Albany, Brooklyn and Rochester. Certified in-person assistors will be on-site to talk with consumers about health plan options and distribute educational materials about enrolling through the Marketplace.

With the open enrollment deadline of January 31st fast approaching, the Marketplace also announced that its Customer Service Center will have extended hours during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend and during the final weekend before the January 31st deadline.  Available at 1-855-355-5777, Customer Service Center representatives can enroll consumers in health plans over the phone, assist with website enrollments and answer questions.

“Events celebrating the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. give us the chance to honor his legacy by ensuring that New Yorkers have access to health care,” said NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “Enrollment in Qualified Health Plans runs through January 31st and extended Customer Service Center hours make the holiday weekend a great time to complete the enrollment process.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought to make both health care and food a right,” said Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, “Together with NY State of Health, we honor his legacy by trying to help as many New Yorkers as possible get these basic needs met.”

NY State of Health is participating in the following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events:



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance

Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Albany, NY 12242

8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.



Hunger Free America’s Annual MLK Weekend Serve-a-Thon

Repair the World

808 Nostrand Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11216

January 14, 2018 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

January 15, 2018 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.



33rd Annual MLK Day Community Celebration hosted by the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

20 Gibbs Street,

Rochester, NY 14604

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


The NY State of Health Customer Service Center is open:

  • Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Extended hours on:
    • Saturday, January 13, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Monday, January 15, from 8:00am - 8:00pm
    • Saturday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


NY State of Health enrollment remains strong into the new year. Enrollment has reached over 4.2 million, with more than one in five New Yorkers having health coverage, Enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan continues through January 31, 2018. After that date, individuals can enroll in a Qualified Health Plan only if they have a life event such as loss of coverage, marriage or birth of a child that qualifies them for a Special Enrollment Period.  Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan continues throughout the 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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