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Video at healthcare.gov attempts to explain how the healthcare marketplace will function. CCE hopes to help clarify how New Yorkers will cope with the changes.
Video at healthcare.gov attempts to explain how the healthcare marketplace will function. CCE hopes to help clarify how New Yorkers will cope with the changes.

As enrollment in NY health exchanges nears, CCE offers a hand

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New York's new health exchange opens for business October 1st. It's one of the first direct contacts most people will have with the federal Affordable Care Act. The State Health Department has been working on the exchange for months, and recently launched a campaign to convince New Yorkers that it will be an easy, efficient way to find and buy health insurance under Obamacare.

But people are confused about how it will work, and how it will affect their businesses, including how this new marketplace will function. Zach Hirsch reports on a series of workshops that might help.

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Zach Hirsch
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New Yorkers, especially those under 65 without health insurance, have some decisions to make as the new federal healthcare law takes effect. The law says most people must have insurance by early next year, or face a tax penalty. 

Companies with more than 50 full-time employees will be required to provide workers with insurance by the end of 2015. Small businesses, under 50 workers, don't have to. 

For employers, employees, and the uninsured, this is a big deal, and it's confusing. How can they afford it? Is it worth it to just pay the tax penalty? There are some exceptions to the rules. What are they? 

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops across the region to help navigate the process. According to a press release, specially trained educators will be on hand to answer a wide range of questions about obtaining health insurance under the new law.

The workshops will be held on September 24th in Plattsburg and Westport, on the 25th in Malone and Canton, and on the 26th in Watertown and Lowville.

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