Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was at the Anthony Jordan Health Center to help launch open enrollment centers for New York State of Health, the state's health plan marketplace.
There were more than two million hits to the State of Health website in the first hours it was live. Some people reported getting errors and slow downloads of information.
Duffy says the program gives all New Yorkers access to low-cost quality health plans. He says all the medical and dental plans are certified by the state and the rates are about 53 percent lower than last years individual market rates.
"It's about providing information, providing as much help as we can to people so that they can access, they can get insured and they can sign up between now and the end of March 2014," said Lt. Gov. Duffy, D-New York.
How to Enroll
To make the exchange work, most Americans will be required to have health insurance as of January 1, 2014. But if you still don't have coverage by April 1, 2014, you'll have to pay a penalty.
Those penalties start at $95/year for a single person, and $285/year for a family, and fines will increase every year for several years.
To help people afford the required health insurance, the New York insurance exchange will offer tax credits to people who earn less than about $46,000 and families of four with incomes under about $94,000.
New York State expects to enroll 1.1 million uninsured people over the next three years.
If you need help with any of this, or to get more specific questions answered, the state has resources. The New York State of Health phone line is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The number is (855) 355 5777.
For the New York State Health Insurance Exchange, click here.