ALBANY (TNS) — A record 4.9 million New Yorkers signed up for coverage through the state health insurance exchange during the open enrollment period that ended Feb. 7.
Enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2020 increased by more than 150,000 compared to 2019, the state announced.
Of the 4.9 million New Yorkers who signed up, about 3.4 million are enrolled in Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Nearly 797,000 are enrolled in the Essential Plan, a health insurance program for lower income people who don’t qualify for Medicaid or Child Heath Plus. More than 415,100 New Yorkers signed up for Child Health Plus, which provides free or affordable coverage for children under 19. Nearly 273,000 New Yorkers enrolled in private qualified health plans.
New York’s open enrollment period was seven weeks longer than the sign-up period for the federal heath insurance marketplace.
As enrollment grows, the state’s uninsured rate has declined to a historic low of 4.7%.