Reaching the Uninsured: Progress and Future of the New York State of Health Marketplace

Originally presented on October 15, 2015

Danielle Holahan, Deputy Director
The New York State of Health

Margo Janack, Chief Marketing and Outreach Officer
The New York State of Health

The New York State of Health Marketplace has successfully increased the affordability and accessibility of health insurance coverage in New York.  By the end of its second enrollment period in February 2015, the Marketplace enrolled more than 2.1 million New Yorkers into comprehensive, affordable coverage, and has had a significant impact on reducing the state’s uninsured rate.  New Yorkers who have enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace have overwhelmingly reported that they are satisfied with their health insurance and are using their coverage to access care.

In 2015, individual premium rates continued to be more than 50 percent lower on average than before the establishment of the New York State of Health. In addition, three-quarters of qualified health plan enrollees are eligible for financial assistance to help further lower the cost of health plan premiums purchased through the Marketplace. In-person assistors play an important role in enrolling New Yorkers into coverage; in 2015, the marketplace’s more than 11,000 certified enrollment experts enrolled more than two-thirds of Marketplace enrollees.  New York has launched new features to its website each year, including a window shopping tool and a Spanish version of its website.  In 2016, the Marketplace will launch the new Essential Plan, which offers an even more affordable option for lower-income New Yorkers at a cost of less than a dollar a day. The goal is to reduce the uninsured in New York by 1 million people by the end of 2016.   

This program will provide an overview of the New York State of Health Marketplace and describe future plans to reach more uninsured New Yorkers in 2016. It will include a discussion of the role of consumer assistors and local providers and public health professionals in helping achieve the goals for the Marketplace.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least two ways the New York State of Health Marketplace has changed how New Yorkers enroll in coverage
  • Explain the impact of the New York State of Health Marketplace on New York’s uninsured rate, including demographic trends
  • Describe elements of the plan to reach additional New Yorkers in 2016, including the new Essential Plan

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until October 31, 2018.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until October 31, 2018.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until October 31, 2018.