Press Release: NY State of Health Open Enrollment for 2019 Starts Today

New Enrollees Can Sign Up Now; Existing Customers Can Renew Beginning November 16th

Statewide Advertising Campaign Launches

Thousands of In-Person Assistors Ready to Help Consumers Throughout the State


ALBANY, NY (November 1, 2018) -- NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced that its sixth Open Enrollment Period is underway. The Open Enrollment Period runs November 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. New Yorkers who are new to the Marketplace can enroll starting today and existing customers can renew their health plans starting November 16th. Consumers must enroll or renew by December 15th for coverage effective January 1, 2019. Over 95 percent of Marketplace enrollees will see no cost increase in 2019.

“The Marketplace continues to offer a choice of health plans that provide the comprehensive coverage that New Yorkers deserve at affordable prices,” said NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “It’s never been easier to get healthcare, and financial assistance is available for those who qualify.”

Consumers can enroll in, or renew, a health plan by:

  • Calling the Customer Service Center at 1-855-355-5777.
  • Logging onto the website at
  • Meeting with an in-person assistor. Find one here.


Consumers who are eligible for a Qualified Health Plan with federal tax credits will see no or little increase in monthly costs in 2019.  Bronze level Qualified Health Plans will be free to individuals with incomes up to $25,000 and not eligible for Medicaid or the Essential Plan in every county of the state, and less than $50 a month for individuals with incomes up to $30,000 a year in 41 counties. Bronze level Qualified Health Plans have a higher annual deductible than other metal level plans, but provide free preventive care and protect against catastrophic costs.

More than 500,000 existing NY State of Health customers have already received or will receive their 2019 renewal notices in the coming days. These notices provide consumers with information about their eligibility for 2019 and health plan options and costs and tell consumers what actions, if any, they need to take to renew their coverage for 2019.

NY State of Health launched its 2019 advertising campaign today, called “You Deserve Affordable Healthcare.” The ads feature stories of New Yorkers who have enrolled in a health plans through NY State of Health and the Navigators who have helped them find affordable coverage. The ad campaign will run on TV, radio, digital and print outlets through the end of the Open Enrollment period, January 31, 2019. 

Consumers must enroll by December 15, 2018 for coverage beginning January 1, 2019. Enrollment in the Essential Plan, Medicaid and Child Health Plus is open all year.

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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