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New York’s Uninsured Rate Reaches Historic Low

New York’s uninsured rate has reached the lowest point ever recorded at 4.7% in 2018, according to recently released data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health Interview Survey. The NY State of Health, the state’s health plan marketplace, notes that  the number of uninsured people has reduced by 1.2 million since 2010, including nearly one million since the marketplace opened in 2013.

The CDC survey also shows a reduction in the share of uninsured New Yorkers aged 18 to 64 from 7.1% in 2017 to 6.8% in 2018. As of January 31, 2019, the close of the latest open enrollment period, more than one in four New Yorkers now get their health insurance coverage through the NY State of Health. Marketplace enrollment is at its highest point ever, with more than 1 million people enrolled in Qualified Health Plans and the Essential Plan, which corresponds to the latest decline in New York’s uninsured rate.

The survey found that 60.3% of New Yorkers have private health insurance coverage.