Monday is the deadline to sign up for New York’s health exchange if you want to have coverage Jan. 1.
Payment for health insurance through the exchange is due Dec. 31 for those registered to start in the new year. But consumers have a 10-day grace period to make the premium payment, the Health Department said.
The last day for enrollment in coverage next year is March 31. The number of enrolled in New York increased 34 percent over the past week.
“As we approach the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for individuals seeking coverage beginning Jan., we are very pleased to see that tens of thousands of New Yorkers have enrolled for quality, low-cost health insurance through the NY State of Health marketplace,” Donna Frescatore, executive director of the exchange, called NY State of Health, said in a statement.
The state plans to enroll 1.1 million uninsured New Yorkers by the end of 2016.
The health department said 95,196 customers have enrolled in private insurance, while 39,426 have enrolled in Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor and disabled.
New York already has a vast Medicaid program, at an annual cost of $50 billion, so the transition to the health exchange has been easier than in most states.
Unlike 36 states, New York runs its own exchange at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
After a disastrous start, President Obama said Friday that more than 500,000 Americans have enrolled in the exchange during the first three weeks of December. He said the enrollment is more than 2 million people nationwide.
“So all told, millions of Americans, despite problems with the website, are now poised to be covered by quality, affordable health care,” he said at a news conference.
For more information, visit https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov or 1-855-355-5777.