Since Oct. 1, 48,152 New Yorkers have enrolled in health-care plans through New York’s online marketplace and another 197,011 residents have completed the application process and have been determined as eligible for low-cost health plans, according to the state Health Department. The remaining step for the 197,011 New Yorkers is to chose the health plan they want to enroll in.
NY State of Health, the name of the state’s online marketplace, reported that its customer service center operators have provided assistance to more than 142,000 callers since opening more than a month ago.
“We are very pleased to see these results, which show that tens of thousands of individuals across the state are turning to nystateofhealth.ny.gov to access low-cost health insurance,” Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health, said in a statement.
A total of about 40,000 people have signed up through online marketplaces the federal government is running for 36 states.
New Yorkers have until March 31 to enroll, but they must enroll by Dec. 15 to be included in the first round of coverage, which begins Jan. 1. Plans in platinum, gold, silver and bronze tiers are available from 16 qualified health insurers and 10 qualified dental insurers.
State health officials said the rates for state plans are 53 percent less than the previous year’s individual rates. Nearly three-quarters of individual enrollees will qualify for financial assistance, according to estimates. Residents can access available plans, cost estimates and financial assistance by using the Tax Credit and Premium Estimator.
Small businesses can access expert advice and enroll in NY State of Health either online, by calling the toll-free number 855-355-5777, or by contacting an insurance broker. More than 2,300 brokers have received training from the state.
Individuals and families can get more information and enroll in a plan either online, by calling the toll-free number or in person through a navigator. The state has trained nearly 500 in-person navigators to provide enrollment assistance. They are in all counties in New York, and aid is available in a total of 48 languages. A list is available on the website.
Listed below are the certified plans by county: