NY State of Health Enrollment Tops 4 Million

Open Enrollment for Qualified Health Plans to Begin November 1, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 5, 2017) - NY State of Health, the state's official health plan Marketplace, today announced that more than 4 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Marketplace. Enrollment in the Essential Plan continues to grow, with more than 680,000 enrolled. The Marketplace is ready for its 5th Open Enrollment Period, which begins November 1, 2017 and has been extended to January 31, 2018, beyond the federal deadline of December 15, 2017, to allow New Yorkers sufficient time to enroll.

"Today, more than 4 million New Yorkers have enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage through NY State of Health. As we enter our fifth open enrollment period, New York is more committed than ever to ensuring that core protections of the Affordable Care Act remain intact." said NY State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore. "Despite the ongoing debate in Washington over the future of the Affordable Care Act, New York's Marketplace remains open and strong as ever."

The breakdown of enrollment as of (October 4, 2017) is as follows:

  • Total cumulative enrollment:   4,094,398
  • Total Medicaid enrollment:   2,837,735
  • Total Non-Medicaid enrollment:   1,256,663

    • - Qualified Health Plan:   227,796
    • - Essential Plan:   682,800
    • - Child Health Plus:   346,067

New York's Essential Plan, launched in 2016 for lower income individuals and families, has proven extremely popular. Enrollment increased by 15,000 people since the end of January 2017. Enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan which can occur only during the annual open enrollment period or under limited circumstances outside the open enrollment period, remains at 94 percent of the enrollment level at the end of January 2017 meaning most Qualified Health Plan consumers have kept their coverage throughout the calendar year.

Consumers in all counties of the state have a robust selection of health plans to choose from. New York expects to both renew coverage for more than 400,000 households during the Open Enrollment Period and enroll new consumers. Most Marketplace consumers qualify for financial assistance to pay for coverage. Among QHP enrollees who qualify for tax credits, premium costs for the most popular silver plan will be about the same or lower compared to last year.

For information on enrollment eligibility or to enroll in a health plan, visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov, call the Customer Service Center at 1-855-355-5777, or contact an enrollment assistor.