Feds OK health insurance exchange plan in NY

Dec 14, 2012

New York has been given federal approval to set up an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services says Friday New York, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., are the latest places given the go-ahead to create health exchanges and provide options geared to the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. Six other states won approvals Monday.

Enrollment through the exchanges will begin Oct. 1 for insurance starting in January 2014.

The New York Health Benefit Exchange already has a website running with information on eligibility, federal subsidies and how the plan is unfolding.

Task forces in five regions have been working on recommendations that take into account differences in markets across the state.

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