How Do I Sign Up for Obamacare in New York?
The easiest way to sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act is to go to the online health insurance marketplace for New York. If you're not ready to enroll right now, you can get more information online, over the phone, or in person.
Where's the New York Health Care Exchange?
You can find the health insurance exchange for New York at NY State of Health. This is where you can learn about the various health insurance options available to you under Obamacare. If you see a plan you like, you'll be guided through the enrollment process online. If you prefer to apply with a paper application, call the NY State of Health customer service center or contact an in-perrson assister using the information just below.
You might not see any mention of Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act when you visit the exchange website, but rest assured you’ve landed in the right place. The exchange was established solely for the purpose of informing consumers about the Affordable Care Act and providing plans under the law.
Getting In-Person Help with Enrollment
In New York, if you need help understanding your options for coverage under Obamacare or signing up for a plan, you can get free assistance from an IPA/Navigator (IPA stands for “In-Person Assistor") or from a certified agent or broker.
IPA/Navigators can explain your options, answer your questions, and help you apply for the plan you choose -- but they can't legally recommend a specific plan for you. Private insurance agents or brokers are allowed to offer suggestions about particular plans.
To find a New York certified IPA/Navigator, use the IPA/Navigator Directory at NY State of Health.
To locate an agent or broker certified by NY State of Health, contact the customer service center using one of the methods listed just below. They can tell you about certified agents or brokers in your county.
Getting Help Online or by Phone
If you want answers online or over the phone, NY State of Health offers the following options:
Telephone support. The toll-free number for NY State of Health is 855-355-5777. If you are hearing impaired, please call the TTY line: 800-662-1220.
Chat and telephone support are available Monday-Friday from 8AM to 8PM and on Saturday from 9AM to 1PM (EST).
Keep Up to Date
You may also be interested in:
Learn important facts about the Obamacare open enrollment period for 2016.
Learn which New York residents must have health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) and find out about the penalty you'll pay if you don't have a qualifying health plan.
A licensed insurance agent or broker can help you compare plans, figure out whether you qualify for subsidies, and apply for coverage in New York.