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Record Number Enrolled Through NY Health Plan Marketplace

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More New Yorkers than ever are signed up for health coverage under the state's health insurance marketplace.

State health officials say 4.3 million New Yorkers are now enrolled through the marketplace following the end of open enrollment on Wednesday. That's an increase of 700,000 from 2017.

Of the total 4.3 million, nearly 3 million are signed up for Medicaid. Another 740,000 are enrolled in the state's Essential Plan for low income individuals. More than 253,000 people are covered by a qualified health plan, and more than half of those received some financial assistance.

Official say the record enrollment shows the system is working to connect individuals and families to affordable, quality health coverage.

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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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