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Open Enrollment extended for New Yorkers due to COVID-19

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s extending the window for New York’s uninsured to get insurance through the state health portal.

The new deadline is March 31, 2021, according to an announcement by the Governor. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York’s Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.

“Ensuring all New Yorkers have access to health insurance is essential, not only as we continue to fight the war against COVID, but to foster healthier, more resilient and more equitable communities as we rebuild post-pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “By extending this deadline until March, New Yorkers who need health coverage will have additional time to enroll and find the plan that works best for themselves and their families.”

Here’s how it breaks down:

– Enroll by February 15: Coverage starts March 1
– Enroll March 15: Coverage starts April 1
– Enroll by March 31: Coverage starts May 1

Individuals who are eligible for other NY State of Health programs – Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round. As always, New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health online at, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, and by connecting with a free enrollment assister.