NY health exchange premiums to rise in 2nd year; survey shows newly insured mostly satisfied

Lifestyle and Budget Associated Press

Deductibles and co-payments will be flat with individual premiums rising about 4.5 percent in New York's health exchange for individuals and families during its second year.

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Meanwhile, a nonprofit group's survey shows general satisfaction among those who got insurance the first year, though some reported trouble getting accepted by doctors as a new patient.

State Health Department officials say their exchange has operated smoothly this first year after some initial computer capacity problems.

The exchange has enrolled 370,604 people with commercial and nonprofit insurers, 525,283 in Medicaid and 64,875 in the state's Child Health Plus coverage for families with moderate incomes.

For the coming year, 16 insurers offer plans for individuals and families. Nine insurers offer coverage for small businesses with 50 or fewer workers.

Open enrollment begins Saturday.