Enrollment and Options for Healthcare Coverage in New York

New Yorkers Have Until March 31 to Enroll
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Heather Howard, Program Director at the State Network

(Washington, DC, Tuesday, January 21, 2014) - Starting this year, there are new health insurance options available to millions of Americans as part of the new health reform law. Many residents in New York are newly eligible for Medicaid coverage or for federal subsidies to help purchase coverage on their own through the marketplace.

The deadline for open enrollment is March 31, but the sooner people review their options and pick an insurance plan, the sooner they have coverage and can get the care they need.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a nonpartisan resource, is helping to inform New Yorkers about their coverage options.

  • Residents of New York have new options for quality, affordable coverage through health insurance marketplaces.
  • New York is running a “state-based health benefit exchange” which means they are running everything on their own. The state is expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income adults.
  • It is not too late to find a health insurance plan that best fits your needs—you have until March 31 to enroll.
  • For New Yorkers, the health reform website is: nystateofhealth.ny.gov
  • Many people will receive subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance. Some people will pay nothing.
  • Navigators in New York can help explain the options to anyone with questions, and help them enroll.
  • New York's numbers have increased significantly, up to 421,949 completed applications, 137,783 enrolled in private plans and 51,763 enrolled in Medicaid. As of Dec. 16, the numbers were: 363,258 had completed an application; 95,196 had enrolled in a private plan and 39,426 had qualified for Medicaid.
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