ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York was given federal approval Friday to set up an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said New York, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., are the latest places given the go-ahead to create health exchanges and provide options geared to the uninsured under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Six other states won approvals Monday.
Enrollment through the exchanges is supposed to begin Oct. 1 for insurance starting in January 2014.
The New York Health Benefit Exchange already has a website running with information on eligibility, federal subsidies and how the plan is unfolding.