|New York Health Insurance ExchangeNew York Health Benefit Exchange, A State Health Insurance Exchange.It is estimated that approximately 16% of the population of New York does not have health insurance coverage (2.7 million residents under the age of 65). The main reason most people give for not having insurance is the high cost of health insurance plans.Important Facts:
Official Website: New York Health Benefit Exchange
UPDATE on New York Health Insurance Exchange
October 1 brings a bumpy ride for New York's health exchange, with computer crashes all through the morning on the main website. Key features of the website were not operating and there were many error messages starting when the site went live at 8 am on October 1. Of course, there was unusually heavy traffic trying to log on, with over 2 million hits to the site in the first 30 minutes of operation.
Government officials were not expecting such a large number of visitors so early in the program.
The website provides up to 16 health insurance plans and 10 dental plans under The Affordable Care Act "Obamacare". The program started up despite a governmental shutdown the day before.
Over 1.1 million of New York's uninsured people will sign up for health coverage under the new program. The state contracted with an outside computer company, Computer Sciences, to run its health insurance exchange website.
Consumers who have questions about the new program can call 855-355-5777, but calls to that number provided only a recording saying there were very long wait times and to try again later.
By 2 pm October 1st, the site received over 7.5 million visitors.
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