||September 17, 2013
Dave Lemmon, Director of Communications
Bob Meissner, Deputy Director of Communications
Bryan Fisher, Press Secretary
Imminent Milestone Moment: 2,421,000 New Yorkers Can Begin to Enroll in 13 Days to Receive Financial Help for Affordable Health Coverage
Starting on October 1, New Yorkers Can Take Steps to Get Financial Help for Health Coverage through a New Insurance Marketplace
Washington, D.C. – Starting on October 1, 2013, approximately 2,421,000 New Yorkers can start to enroll in health coverage with unprecedented financial help so that comprehensive insurance becomes affordable, according to a new analysis by the consumer health organization Families USA.
New Yorkers that enroll will receive this help effective January 1, 2014.
The new financial help through the Affordable Care Act becomes available for middle- and moderate-income people who do not have meaningful job-based health coverage. The financial help extends to four-person families with annual incomes below $94,200 and individuals with annual incomes below $45,960.
Individuals newly eligible for financial help can receive that help through the new health insurance marketplace, which becomes operational on October 1. They can enroll in coverage and receive substantial premium tax credits; the size of the tax credits will vary, with those needing greater help receiving larger tax credits.
New Yorkers with the lowest incomes—those with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, $32,499 for a family of four, $15,856 for an individual—will be eligible for health coverage through the newly expanded Medicaid program.
To enroll starting on October 1, New Yorkers can visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov. A number of New York organizations, listed at http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/IPANavigatorMap, will be available to provide in-person assistance to consumers to make the enrollment process easy.
This new analysis from Families USA not only describes the new benefits and protections that will become available for New Yorkers soon, but it also lists the benefits already provided through the Affordable Care Act, such as:
- Approximately 160,000 young adults in New York have gained insurance by staying on their parents’ health policies until they reach turn 26.
- 633,802 New Yorkers received rebates totaling $31,162,968 from their insurance companies in 2012 because those companies failed to spend at least 80-85 percent of their premium dollars on health care.
- 1,495,198 Medicare beneficiaries in New York received at least one cost-free preventive service—such as an annual check-up, mammogram, or bone mass measurement—in 2012.
- In 2012, 226,569 Medicare Part D beneficiaries in New York received discounts on brand-name drugs while in the coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole,” with an average $752 in savings per beneficiary.
Additionally, the law has already protected numerous New Yorkers by ending lifetime caps in insurance coverage, offering free preventive care in new private insurance plans, and providing tax credits to small businesses to help them afford health coverage for their employees.
“Our nation will soon take a giant step toward making high-quality health coverage affordable for all Americans,” said Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA. “As we count down the days to October 1, it will be important that all New Yorkers learn about these breakthrough opportunities.
“For New Yorkers that enroll for this help soon, they will quickly receive the peace of mind and security that comes with knowing that their families can get the health care they need when they need it.”
Families USA is the national organization for health care consumers. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan and advocates for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
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