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NY health exchange expects to insure 1.1 million

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013

A: About 25 percent, or an estimated 100,000 small businesses, are expected to use the exchange, their employees accounting for about 450,000 of the uninsured who will enroll.

Q: How is the exchange going to be set up in New York and which agency will be responsible for overseeing it?

A: The state-run exchange, established by an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is an operation of the state Health Department.

Q: How far along is New York in setting up an exchange and do officials believe one will be ready to start enrolling people by the October deadline?

A: The state told federal officials it will be ready to begin taking applications in October for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014.

Q: How much money has New York received so far from the federal government to do the initial work in setting up an exchange?

A: New York has received $370 million in federal funds to establish the exchange, including a recent $186 million grant based on progress.

Q: How will residents access the exchange and what kind of customer support will be offered?

A: The state plans to establish a customer service center with online and phone options, with staff to help residents navigate the options. People will also be able to apply in person and by mail.

Q: How many people will the exchange employ?

A: That has not yet been determined.

— Source: New York Health Department.