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Canton-area residents learn about the new Marketplace at a workshop last week. Photo: Sarah Harris.
Canton-area residents learn about the new Marketplace at a workshop last week. Photo: Sarah Harris.

NY Health Plan Marketplace opens today

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The New York State health plan marketplace, NY State of Health, opens today. New Yorkers who don't get health insurance through their jobs or the government can now shop for coverage in this health insurance exchange created under provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Sarah Harris
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If you’re still confused about the Affordable Care Act, Lisa Sbrana, a lawyer with the New York state Health Plan Marketplace, offers this explanation:

"It’s a place to go to look and compare easily what’s available in the health insurance market."

Sbrana says the marketplace is basically like comparative online shopping.

"You know if you’re shopping for plane tickets or clothing or other household goods online you can often see products lined up side by side so you can compare them, so that’s what the health insurance marketplace does." 

Starting today, New Yorkers can go online, call the Marketplace customer service center, or meet with a navigator—a kind of assistant—to figure out which health insurance plans they’re eligible for.

Depending on where you live, there are different insurance providers and plans. 

Each plan will have different levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, that determines how much your premium is, and how much it costs to visit a health care provider.  

There’s also an option for small businesses with less than 50 employees. It’s called the SHOP program and gives employees access to a variety of plans available in their area. 

Sbrana says it’s hard to know precisely what the average monthly premium for New Yorkers will be – but she’s guessing it’s cheaper than what was available through the exchange before.

"On average we’re seeing a 53 percent decrease in the prices in the individual market. So New York is a state that is seeing really significant reductions in current prices."

Open enrollment begins today and continues through March of next year. 

For people who sign up before December 15, coverage begins January 1. 

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