New York’s health-care exchange had a 22 percent increase in enrollment over the past week, reaching 241,522 enrollees, the state Health Department said.
The state said that 480,911 New Yorkers have completed their applications to enroll in the health exchanges, and 241,522 people have fully enrolled in either a private plan or Medicaid.
The deadline to enroll in health insurance effective Jan. 1 was initially Dec. 23, but the state extended it a day to Dec. 24. During that extension, enrollments increased by 42,078, the state said.
The enrollment period runs until March 31.
“We are very pleased to see that almost 242,000 New Yorkers have enrolled for quality, low-cost health insurance since the October 1 launch of the NY State of Health marketplace and nearly 481,000 people have completed applications,” Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health, the name of the state’s exchange, said in a statement. “Activity on the site was particularly high on December 23rd and 24th when more than 42,000 New Yorkers enrolled for coverage.”
About 100,000 New Yorkers lost policies that will soon be noncomplaint with the federal law.
Those are mainly independent workers or individuals enrolled in the state’s Healthy NY plan, which is expiring as part of the federal law.
New York had 88,020 enrolled in Healthy NY has of September.
To enroll, visit: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777.