Press Release: Three Weeks Left! NY State of Health Special Enrollment Period Expiring for New Yorkers
Additional Special Enrollment Periods Are Available to New Yorkers With A Qualifying Life Event
ALBANY (April 10, 2015) - NY State of Health (NYSOH), the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today reminded New Yorkers who were uninsured in 2014 that they have until April 30th to enroll in a health plan.
“NY State of Health staff and partners are out in communities across the state to ensure that New Yorkers know that even though open enrollment for 2015 has ended, there are many circumstances where they may still qualify for a special enrollment period to get coverage and financial assistance through the marketplace,” said NYSOH Executive Director Donna Frescatore.
To help create awareness for this Special Enrollment Period (SEP), NYSOH has partnered with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service to provide tax preparers across the State with SEP information for their clients. The SEP began on March 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 30. The federal tax penalty for not having health insurance in 2015 will increase to $325 per adult in a household or two percent of their income, whichever is greater.
Consumers who do not enroll during this SEP will be unable to purchase coverage during the remainder of the year unless they have another qualifying life event, such as becoming a citizen or the birth or adoption of a child. Other qualifying life events and NYSOH outreach efforts to educate New Yorkers include:
- Loss of Health Insurance due to job loss, or divorce
- Presence at job fairs in targeted communities throughout the state
- Partnership with the NYS Department of Labor Career Centers to share Marketplace information with the newly unemployed
- Providing SEP information to divorce attorneys and mediators who assist people with divorce
- Working with local government offices where people are getting marriage licenses
- A move into or within New York State resulting in new health plan options
- Partnering with realtors throughout the state to encourage agents to distribute SEP information to their clients
- Aging off parent’s insurance
- Working with the SUNY system to help distribute SEP information to graduates this spring
To be eligible for an SEP, consumers must notify NYSOH within 60 days of the qualifying life event. Those without an SEP qualifying life event may enroll in a health plan through NY State of health beginning on November 1, 2015.
To learn more about Special Enrollment Periods, visit http://info.nystateofhealth/ny.gov/SpecialEnrollmentPeriods and watch a video explaining qualifying life events.
New York opened its Health Plan Marketplace, NY State of Health, on October 2013. The Marketplace’s one stop health insurance shopping experience offers high quality comprehensive plans for consumers to choose from. NY State of Health is the only place where consumers can qualify to get help paying for coverage through premium discounts or tax credits. The NY State of Health Small Business Marketplace for employers with 50 or fewer employees is open to enrollment throughout the year. Eligible New Yorkers can also enroll in Medicaid or Child Health Plus through the Marketplace all year. For more information about the NY State of Health marketplace, please visit https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ or call Customer Service at 1-855-355-5777.
Contact: New York State Department of Health
518 474 7354, ext. 1