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AG issues health insurance warning

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued a consumer advisory encouraging New Yorkers to sign up for affordable health insurance now being offered through “New York State of Health,” the official marketplace created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to purchase health plans made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

Enrollment for individual and family health insurance plans through the marketplace, or exchange, runs through March 31. The exchange helps more New Yorkers find affordable health insurance. People may be eligible for a tax credit to help with premium costs. The marketplace can also be used for Medicaid signups.

Schneiderman advises participants to make sure they are dealing only with the official NY State of Health marketplace, and counselors certified to assist.

To sign up for health insurance, and for any questions, go directly to the office website (https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov) or call 1 (855) 355-5777.

Do not give out personal information to someone not connected with NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace.  You will be required to give out personal information when shopping for a plan, but do not do so unless you are sure you are working through the official marketplace or with a state-approved certified navigator.

Details and a list of carriers is available on the website.