Ny Enrolls Nearly 50000 Into Health Exchange On Par With Entire Federal Site

11.13.13 | Bob Price

More than 48,000 New Yorkers have enrolled in the state’s health-care exchange and nearly 200,000 have finished the application process to get insurance through the system, the state Health Department announced Tuesday. That’s up from 37,000 that had enrolled as of Oct. 23. New Yorkers may be having an easier time enrolling on the state site than the troubled federal site, which is healthcare.gov. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that fewer than 50,000 people had enrolled on the federal site, citing anonymous sources. The federal government had hoped for 500,000 enrollees in October.The federal government has been besieged by problems with its own health exchange site, which is handling the enrollment for 36 states. New York has its own site, and it was overwhelmed by visitors when it first launched. The website had more than 30 million hits in the first week it opened, but the problems appear to have subsided. New York hopes to enroll 1.1 million uninsured residents over three years into the health exchange. To be enrolled by Jan. 1, people have to register by Dec. 15.