A total of 134,662 people have enrolled in New York’s health exchange since its October launch, a 34 percent increase over the past week, according to the state Department of Health.
Of those, 95,196 enrolled in private insurance, while 39,426 signed up for the state’s Medicaid program.
“We are very pleased to see that since the launch of NY State of Health on October 1, almost 135,000 New Yorkers have enrolled in quality, low-cost health insurance, and over 363,000 have completed applications and are eligible for insurance,” Donna Frescatore, executive director of the exchange, said in a statement. “We are seeing tremendous activity, and in the last week alone enrollments have increased by about 34 percent.”
The new numbers were released as a key enrollment deadline approaches. Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals must enroll before Dec. 23 in order to have coverage Jan. 1.
According to the state, a total of 363,258 have completed the sign-up process through the exchange, a required step to enroll in coverage.