NY Reports 40,000 Enroll For Health Insurance

ALBANY (AP) -

About 40,000 New Yorkers have signed up for health insurance in the first week of operation for the new state-run marketplace, said NY State of Health. They added that its website has quadrupled capacity since opening enrollment Oct. 1, resolving the issues that initially kept many consumers from advancing past the home page, and says it is running smoothly.

But the Cuomo administration refused to reveal how many of those who “completed the full application process and were found eligible” for coverage were actually enrolled in a plan.

“For these 40,000 people, they know they qualify for coverage through the marketplace and they know if they qualify for financial assistance or cost sharing credits,” Donna Frescatore, executive director of the NY State of Health, told the Daily News. “Some may have picked a health plan today and some may have decided they want to give that some more thought and make that selection in the coming months.”

Service centers responded to more than 26,000 callers, but most of the enrollees were online.