Does New York Have a State-run Exchange?

Yes, the exchange is known as New York State of Health

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New York Healthcare Exchange

With 2.7 million individuals, or 16 percent of the population, without health insurance, New York Healthcare Exchange has been off to a very successful start. Within hours of the exchange opening on October 1, over two million visitors logged on to the New York Healthcare Exchange website to see what the program was all about. WIthin a week, more than 58,000 individuals have completed applications.The traffic on the website was so high, that the server capacity had to be increased in order to accommodate the large number of visitors to the site.

New York

A New York State of Health

This consumer oriented website is known as NY State of Mind. The website is interactive and includes FAQs and an interactive map to show which health insurance plans are available in each New York County. Consumers can also learn if they are eligible for tax credits and calculate the cost of different health insurance plans.

Despite the fact that New York’s marketplace was created on an executive order, the plan has been off to a rapid start. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, created the order after the legislature failed to improve healthcare exchange laws in 2011 and in 2012.

New York Exchange Info Graphic

Lots of Options for New York Residents

The New York Department of Health indicates that New Yorkers will have a wide-variety of plans to choose from. The following health insurance companies will be participating in New York’s marketplace:  Affinity Health Plan, Inc., American Progressive Life & Health Insurance Company of New York (Today’s Options of NY, Inc.), Capital District Physicians Health Plan, Inc., Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (EmblemHealth), Empire BlueCross and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Excellus (Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield in Central NY and Univera in Western NY), Fidelis Care, Freelancers Co-Op (Health Republic Insurance), Healthfirst New York, HealthNow New York, Inc. (Blue Shield of NENY; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western NY), Independent Health, MetroPlus Health Plan (Market Plus), MVP Health Plan, Inc., North Shore LIJ, Oscar Insurance Corporation and United Healthcare of New York, Inc.