N.Y. Health Exchange Says Uninsured Down to 5 Percent

ALBANY (AP) -

The New York Health Exchange says 2.8 million people have signed up for Medicaid and low-cost insurance through its 2016 open enrollment that ended Jan. 31.

Federal data show the number of uninsured New Yorkers has declined by nearly 850,000 since the exchange opened in 2013, dropping from 10 percent to 5 percent by last September.

The enrollment totals include 1,966,920 people in government-funded Medicaid and another 379,559 in the “essential plan,” a new 2016 option designed to provide benefits and lower premiums of $20 or less a month.