State extends sign-up period for health insurance

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The open enrollment period for New York residents who lack health insurance to apply for coverage through the official state health plan marketplace will be extended through March 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

The extension is related to the extension of the federal COVID-19 health emergency to April 20. It allows additional time to enroll for coverage in 2021 and means that enrollment remains open for all NY State of Health programs. Coverage start dates will vary, with enrollment by Feb. 15 starting coverage March 1, by March 15 April 1, and March 31 by May 1.

Individuals eligible for other NY State of Health programs — Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus — can enroll year-round.

Application may be made online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, and by connecting with a free enrollment assister.

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