A “consumer advisory” was issued to New Yorkers signing up for health insurance through the official state marketplace, “New York State of Health,” State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said today.
Schneiderman warned consumers to only deal with the official NY State of Health website and certified counselors to avoid fraud, reports Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl.
When shopping for a plan, consumers will be asked to submit personal data and must be cautious to only give this information out to certified navigators and never to anyone not associated with the official state marketplace, he said. Consumers can check certification at the official state marketplace.
Consumers should not pay anyone to help them select a health insurance plan; state-certified navigators do not charge consumers for their services. There are no fees to sign up for health insurance through the official state marketplace, the attorney general’s office said.
Medicare plans are not offered through the NY state of Health, and it is against the law for anyone to try to sell consumers a marketplace plan if they have Medicare, Schneiderman warned in a statement.
Enrollment for individual and family health insurance plans began on Oct. 1 and goes through March 31.
Heavy traffic on the website has led to errors and delays, but the site today doesn’t have the alert warning of delays.
To sign up for health insurance plans in person, visit the NY State of Health website for locations or call 1-855-355-5777.
If fraud is suspected, call the state Attorney General’s Health Care Helpline at 1-800-428-9071.
Health plans that are offered through the official state website are below. Consumers may buy a health plan not connected to the state marketplace.
• Affinity Health Plan, Inc.
• American Progressive Life & Health Insurance Company of New York (Today’s Options of NY, Inc.)
• Capital District Physicians Health Plan, Inc.
• Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (EmblemHealth)
• Empire BlueCross and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Excellus (Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield in Central NY and Univera in Western NY)
• Fidelis Care
• Freelancers Co-Op (Health Republic Insurance)
• Healthfirst New York
• HealthNow New York, Inc. (Blue Shield of NENY; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western NY)
• Independent Health
• MetroPlus Health Plan (Market Plus)
• MVP Health Plan, Inc.