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960,000 Enrolled For Health Insurance Before Deadline In N.Y. State

Screen capture of New York State of Health website

Screen capture of New York State of Health website

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York State Health Exchange said Wednesday that more than 960,000 New Yorkers have enrolled for insurance coverage by the final deadline the day before.

The state Health Department said Wednesday that enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes more than 435,000 New York state residents in the exchange’s 16 private insurers and more than 525,000 in government-funded Medicaid.

The department said about 360,000 people completed applications, but did not finish the process.

The state said more than 70 percent were uninsured.

Open enrollment ended in March for 2014 coverage at state-approved rates, but the deadline was extended until Tuesday for people who started applying but didn’t complete the process.

Individual enrollments will continue for people with special circumstances. Enrollments for Medicaid and for businesses with up to 50 employees will continue.

The exchange was established under the Affordable Care Act in an effort to extend coverage to 2.7 million uninsured New Yorkers.

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