Enrollment with the state’s health plan marketplace is up 35 percent, with more than 150,000 residents enrolled since Dec. 24, the state Health Department announced Monday.
The state’s federally mandated health plan marketplace, “NY State of Health” launched on Oct. 1 and fixed its technical difficulties with much better results than the federal government’s health exchange website, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
“We are very pleased that activity on the NY State of Health site continues to be high. Since December 24, more than 150,000 New Yorkers have enrolled for quality, low-cost health insurance,” Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health, said in a statement. “It is important to remind all New Yorkers that the open enrollment period runs through March 31, and we encourage individuals to take advantage of the opportunities available on the Marketplace.”
Since Oct. 1, more than 380,000 residents have fully enrolled with the exchange and more than 67,000 residents have completed applications. The state has an enrollment goal of 1.1 million by the end of 2016.
The state did not have an immediate breakdown of how many enrolled in Medicaid versus private insurers.
Through the marketplace exchange, residents are purchasing coverage with premium rates 53 percent lower than previous rates outside the exchange. Nearly 70 percent of those enrolled have qualified for financial assistance to help pay for coverage, the state reports.
Health plans are offered in four metal tiers, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze, from 16 medical insurers and 10 dental insurers.
To see the available plans visit: http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/PlansMap
To get more information or enroll visit: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ or call: 1-855-355-5777