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Obamacare State Update: New York

Obamacare State Update: New York

Posted Mar 02, 2014 by Jenifer Dorsey

Exchange type: State-based
Website: nystateofhealth.ny.gov
Medicaid expansion: Yes
Enrollment update: Last week, the New York State Department of Health announced that 456,042 New Yorkers had enrolled in health insurance through its state-based health insurance exchange, NY State of Health (NYSOH), between Oct. 1, 2013, and Feb. 17, 2014. A total of 745,263 had completed health insurance applications in that timespan.1

According to a press release posted at nystateofhealth.ny.gov, additional enrollment highlights, as of Feb. 17, 2014, include the following:

  • 69 percent of enrolled New Yorkers who have enrolled since Oct. 1, 2013, were uninsured when they applied
  • Nearly 44,000 New Yorkers enrolled between Feb. 10 and 9 a.m. Feb. 17, 2014
  • Nearly 70 percent of enrollees so far qualify for financial assistance
  • NY State of Health is said to be on track to meet or exceed its enrollment goal of 1.1 million by 2016

The Huffington Post on Jan. 27, 2014, reported that Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (WellPoint) led NYSOH exchange enrollment at the end of 2013 with 19 percent of the market share.2 According to the article, “These Health Insurance Companies are Winning at Obamacare,” New York offers the most insurers of any Obamacare health insurance exchange: 16. The company with the second-highest enrollment was Health Republic Insurance New York.
In related news: New York has been called one of the most successful states when it comes to implementing exchange-based health insurance plans.3 NYSOH has also enrolled millennials at a higher rate than the national average. The New York Times reported that, as of Jan. 13, 2014, about 30 percent of private plan enrollees were younger than 35, compared to the nationwide average of 24 percent at that time.4 According to the article, two-thirds of enrollees signed up for private health insurance plans and the rest qualified for the state’s expanded Medicaid coverage. Still, despite NYSOH’s relative success, The New York Times reported that some were frustrated by the limited networks.
Additional resources

  • Visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov to learn more about the exchange-based health insurance for New Yorkers.
  • Individuals and families, as well as small business owners can call 855-355-5777 for phone-based assistance or use the NYSOH website to find agents, brokers and others for in-person assistance. New York has more than 7,000 specially trained and certified assistors statewide.
  • Find NY State of Health on social media:
  • Read up on the Affordable Care Act at healthedeals.com/health-care-reform-aca.
  • Call 888-839-7679 to speak to one of healthedeals.com’s certified health insurance advisors and discuss your health insurance options on and away from your state’s exchange.

1The New York State Department of Health. (2014, February 17). "More Than 465,000 New Yorkers Have Enrolled on NY State of Health [Press Release]."
2Young, Jeffrey. (2014, January 27). "These Health Insurance Companies are Winning at Obamacare." Huffington Post, January 27, 2014.
3 Rovner, Julie. (2014, February 21). "As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still a Mixed Bag." NPR.
4Hartocollis, Anemona. (2014, January 13). "Mixed Reports on State Health Insurance Exchange." The New York Times.

Jenifer Dorsey is a freelance writer whose specialties include health and fitness, wellness, sports and recreation. She is a competitive amateur track cyclist who also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping and other outdoor adventure. Jenifer received a B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and is an MFA candidate at Naropa University. She lives in Colorado.