The coronavirus pandemic has not only created hardship for many Americans, but it has also created a greater need for access to affordable healthcare. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is showing that he sympathizes, announcing on January 21 that the Open Enrollment Period for applying for health insurance in the state’s Marketplace has been extended. All New Yorkers will now have the ability to purchase a health insurance plan until March 31.
“Ensuring all New Yorkers have access to health insurance is essential, not only as we continue to fight the war against COVID, but to foster healthier, more resilient and more equitable communities as we rebuild post-pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “By extending this deadline until March, New Yorkers who need health coverage will have additional time to enroll and find the plan that works best for themselves and their families.”
Superintendent of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is extending the health enrollment period, providing uninsured New Yorkers another opportunity to sign up for high-quality and affordable health insurance. This opportunity to access New York’s health insurance marketplace is critically important during an ongoing public health emergency and during vaccination efforts. The state encourages uninsured New Yorkers to visit NY State of Health and sign up today.”
When Coverage Begins
Coverage start dates will vary depending on when you sign up for a plan. If you:
- Enroll by February 15, your coverage will begin March 1
- Enroll by March 15, your coverage will begin April 1
- Enroll by March 31, your coverage will begin May 1
New York State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership, this extension of the Open Enrollment Period will give New Yorkers the extra time they need to enroll in coverage. As vaccine distribution continues throughout the state, having access to quality, affordable health coverage is crucial to staying healthy in 2021.”
Find An Affordable Plan
If you are a New York resident, it is important to take advantage of this extended Open Enrollment Period, and look into all of your options before it is over. The end of March is right around the corner, so speak to an EZ.Insure agent today. We can help make the process easy, and explain all of the added healthcare options that many plans are now offering. Our mission is to help you find an affordable health plan that provides all the coverage you need without breaking the bank, so our services are always free. We will provide you with your own agent who will go over all available plans in your area, answer any questions you have regarding coverage and save you money. To get free instant quotes, simply enter your zip code in the bar above, or to speak directly with one of our agents, call 888-350-1890.