Open Enrollment Starts for NY Health Exchange

NEW YORK (AP) -

The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul has opened Saturday in New York and elsewhere, with 16 insurers offering individual plans while nine will have coverage for businesses with 50 or fewer workers.

New York state officials say deductibles and co-payments will be flat but premiums will rise about 4.5 percent during the second year.

New York’s exchange enrolled 370,604 people with insurers in the first year, plus another 525,283 enrolled in Medicaid and 64,875 in the state’s Child Health Plus coverage.

Over in New Jersey, in which the exchange is federally run, the second time around means advocates for the program have experience, but it also brings the challenge of trying to persuade more people to sign up when those most willing already have. More than 160,000 New Jersey residents enrolled for coverage this year.