Last week, we got great news from NY State of Health. As of February 25, over half a million New Yorkers had enrolled in insurance plans through NY State of Health. To put that in perspective, New York’s three year goal is to enroll 1 million New Yorkers in health plans. So, we’re already over halfway there, and we still have one-month to go in the first year of enrollment.
Even more exciting is the fact that 70 percent of enrollees were uninsured when they applied. That’s 350,844 New Yorkers that now have health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Big numbers are always hard to picture, so let’s break this down:
Let’s say all of those newly insured wanted to go see the Mets play at Citi Field. Big stadium, right? The capacity is 45,000. The over 350,000 newly insured New Yorkers would fill Citi Field. About 8 times.
That many uninsured New Yorkers finally getting health care is something to celebrate! And, we still have nearly a month to go until the end of open enrollment on March 31.