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Cuomo boasts 2 million enrollees to state health exchange


  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State of Health marketplace has reached a milestone. 

Of the more than two million New Yorkers who have signed up for health insurance since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2013, more than 400,000 signed up during the current open enrollment period.

The vast majority of them — some 89 percent –are new to health insurance.

Many of the state’s low-income population have turned to the health marketplace. Nearly two-thirds of total enrollees are on Medicaid. The remainder signed up for private insurance plans.

According to the state health department, 85 percent of those who enrolled last year have renewed their coverage.

February 15 is the last day of open enrollment for health coverage in 2015. Most New Yorkers who miss that deadline will have to wait until the 2016 open enrollment to sign up.