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812,000+ NYers Sign Up For Health Insurance

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New York state health officials say more than 812,000 people have enrolled for health insurance statewide under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. 

Monday marked the deadline for open enrollment through the state's health plan marketplace, called NY State of Health. Residents can choose from plans from 16 insurers and 10 dental insurers.

The state health department says nearly 100,000 people enrolled over the past week and by Sunday morning, the number was 812,033. Officials say more than 70 percent of those who've enrolled since October had been uninsured and that New York is on pace to meet its goal of 1.1 million people by the end of 2016.

Nationally, the Obama administration says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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