Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports:
The state’s health exchange racked up another 34,000 new enrollments over the past week, according to the state Department of Health.
The health plan marketplace, known as New York State of Health, has now had a total of 328,796 enrollments as of Monday, with 222,011 enrolled in a private plan and 106,785 slated for Medicaid coverage. The exchange is on track to meet its goal of 1.1 million enrolled by the end of 2016, according to the health department.
“Activity on the NY State of Health site remains high, as close to 100,000 New Yorkers enrolled for quality, low-cost health insurance since December 24,” Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health, said in a statement. “We are very pleased with our overall results to date as well, with almost 330,00 enrolled, and more than 587,000 people have completed applications since the October 1 launch of the marketplace.”
New York State of the Health is the state’s official health care marketplace created to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Since enrollment began on Oct. 1, customer service center representatives have fielded nearly 463,000 calls.
Last week, the state Senate held a hearing on issues with the exchange, including some consumers reporting difficulty receiving proof of coverage after they enrolled. The state also released a lengthy analysis of its enrollees, showing 54 percent are over the age of 45.
For more information or to enroll in a plan, visit https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ or call 1-855-355-5777.