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Wayne Post
  • Enrollment brisk as thousands sign up for health plans

  • New York State of Health announced that more than 40,000 New Yorkers have signed up for insurance on the exchanges.
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  • New York State of Health announced that more than 40,000 New Yorkers have signed up for insurance on the exchanges.
    The number reflects those whose who have completed the full application process and were found eligible for the low-cost plans they chose.
    The exchange launched on Oct. 1 marks the beginning of a six-month enrollment period for the plans that take effect Jan. 1, 2013.
    A release from the exchange headquarters for New Yorkers also said the state's customer service center operators have responded to more than 26,000 callers. NY State of Health technicians have monitored the site 24/7 and have made "numerous improvements to nystateofhealth.ny.gov since the Oct. 1, and they continue to make daily improvements to ensure New Yorkers can easily shop and apply online," the release said.
    According to the announcement, the rates for the health plans on the exchange represent a 53 percent reduction compared to the previous year's individual rates. In addition, it is estimated that nearly three-quarters of individual enrollees will qualify for financial assistance. New Yorkers can access available plans, estimated costs, and financial assistance for their county by using the Tax Credit and Premium Estimator athttp://www.info.nystateofhealth/PremiumEstimator
    Plans offered on NYSOH are available in four easy-to-compare metal tiers (platinum, gold, silver, and bronze) from 16 qualified insurers and 10 qualified dental insurers. New Yorkers can see plans available in their area athttp://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/PlansMap
    Page 2 of 2 - The Small Business Marketplace offers small businesses with 50 or fewer employees a range of flexible options to meet their needs. Small businesses can access expert advice and enroll on NYSOH either online at http://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/Employer, by calling toll-free at 1-855-355-5777, or by contacting an insurance broker or navigator.
    Close to 500 in-person Assistors/Navigators have been trained and are providing high-quality enrollment assistance in all 62 counties of the state, and in a total of 48 languages. Individuals and families can get information and enroll in a plan either online at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov, or by calling toll-free at 1-855-355-5777. For in-person assistance, community navigators can be found by county on the website.

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