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Special Enrollment for Uninsured New Yorkers Extended


On July 15, 2020, Gov. Cuomo announced that the special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through August 15, 2020. This extension will allow uninsured state residents to apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York State's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers.

The state is in the process of reopening after being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, the measure was intended to ensure that residents have access to affordable health coverage during this critical period and do not avoid seeking testing or medical care due to cost concerns.

Individuals who have lost employer coverage must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Those who enroll in qualified health plans by August 15, 2020, have a choice of a coverage start date of either August 1 or September 1, 2020.

Employers should be aware of this special enrollment period extension, which may provide an affordable alternative for individuals who have recently lost employer provided coverage.

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