NY State of Health marketplace continues to grow

WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES | Jen Jackson

A recent addition to the marketplace’s enrollment process has also ushered in a boon of new organ donors.

Data from the 2017 open enrollment period shows the state healthcare marketplace, NY State of Health, at its strongest point yet. The marketplace became the source of insurance for 3.6 million New Yorkers — nearly one fifth of the state’s residents.

In fact, the State Department of Health reported the lowest number of uninsured New Yorkers on record, as of the open enrollment period on Jan. 31 of this year. Only five percent of the state’s residents are without health coverage.

Approximately 18 percent of the state’s population enrolled in insurance through the marketplace, including 119,987 people in Oswego County, 114,006 people in Jefferson County, 110,038 people in St. Lawrence County and 26,957 people in Lewis County.

Individual enrollment in both the Essential Plan for low-income individuals and in Qualified Health Plans has also grown, increasing by 39 percent in the last year.

“The latest numbers offer further proof that the Marketplace is vital to the state’s health care system, providing consumers with the health coverage they need,” said DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker in a public statement, calling the state a national leader in quality, affordable health insurance enrollment. Continue reading
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