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Officials say NY Health Exchange is effective

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Members of the State Senate Health Committee has given a status update on New York Health Exchange, which is the insurance marketplace set up after the Affordable Care Act.

While Obamacare has had its troubles across the nation, the Empire State, officials say it has been mostly smooth sailing.

The health exchange promised affordable healthcare to all New Yorkers, but more than three months into New York state of health, questions are arising.

The State Senate Committee hearing brought together the Department of Health, consumers, providers, and brokers. Executive Director of the State Health Department Donna Frescatore was first to tell the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Insurance, that the health exchange has been effective.

Frescatore provided numbers, explaining that since October 1st, more than 230,000 people have enrolled. She said 30-percent are under the age of 35 and 31-percent are over the age of 54. That's important because the exchange needs younger, healthier people to enroll, it's the way it remains sustainable and Frescatore said they're on their way.

Frescatore also said nearly 50-percent of those enrolled were previously uninsured. However, she admits there have been some issues. Small businesses haven't been so quick to sign up. Frescatore said it's all about outreach.

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