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Press Release: NY State of Health Continues To Sign Up Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers For Low-Cost Health Insurance

Oct 23, 2013

 

NY STATE OF HEALTH CONTINUES TO SIGN UP TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORKERS FOR LOW-COST HEALTH INSURANCE
More than 37,000 enrolled since October 1 launch


ALBANY (Oct. 23, 2013) – The NY State of Health (NYSOH), the official health plan marketplace, reported that as of 9am, today (10/23) nearly 174,000 New Yorkers have completed the full application process and were determined eligible for health insurance plans since the Oct. 1 launch. New York State’s completed applications make up more than 30 percent of the total applications completed nationwide. To date, 37,030 New Yorkers have fully enrolled for health insurance through the NY State of Health marketplace. Additionally since Oct. 1, the state's customer service center operators have provided assistance to more than 77,000 New Yorkers.

“In just three weeks since the launch of NY State of Health, already nearly 174,000 New Yorkers have signed up for quality, low-cost health insurance and more than 37,000 have enrolled,” Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health, said. “Our marketplace is operating very smoothly, and we are pleased to see that tens of thousands of individuals and small business owners across the state are turning to nystateofhealth.ny.gov to access low-cost health insurance.”

The rates for the health plans on NYSOH represent a 53 percent reduction compared to the previous year’s individual rates. In addition to this cost-savings, it is estimated that nearly three-quarters of individual enrollees will qualify for financial assistance. New Yorkers can access available plans, estimated costs, and financial assistance for their county by using the Tax Credit and Premium Estimator at http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/PremiumEstimator.

Plans offered on NYSOH are available in four easy-to-compare metal tiers (platinum, gold, silver, and bronze) from 16 qualified insurers and 10 qualified dental insurers. New Yorkers can see plans available in their area at http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/PlansMap

The Small Business Marketplace offers small businesses with 50 or fewer employees a range of flexible options to meet their needs. Small businesses can access expert advice and enroll on NYSOH either online at https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/employer, by calling toll-free at 1-855-355-5777, or by contacting an insurance broker. More than 2300 brokers have received training throughout the State.

Individuals and families can get information and enroll in a plan either online at https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov, by calling toll-free at 1-855-355-5777, or in-person through a navigator. A list of community navigators can be found by county on the website.

Nearly 500 in-person assistors/navigators have been trained and are providing high-quality enrollment assistance in all 62 counties of the state, and in a total of 48 languages.

New Yorkers have until March 31 to enroll, and the first round of coverage begins January 1, 2014. To be covered by January 1, 2014, New Yorkers must enroll by December 15, 2013.

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Contact:
The New York State Department of Health
518 474 7354, ext. 1

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