NEW YORK — The period in which New Yorkers can enroll in health insurance has been extended another 30 days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday. In a news release, Cuomo said the new deadline for the special enrollment period is now Sept. 15.
During the enrollment period, New Yorkers can apply through NY State of Health, the New York State health insurance marketplace or directly through insurers, according to the release.
“While we’ve crushed the curve of the virus, we are still in challenging times for hard-working families throughout the state who need access to quality, affordable health care,” Cuomo said in a statement, in part.
According to the release, the extension is the result of the state’s efforts to ensure residents are not dissuaded from getting a test for the new coronavirus or medical care if they become sick.
“By offering this special enrollment period, we’re making sure New Yorkers who need affordable and at times live-saving health care coverage can get it,” Cuomo said.
Residents who have lost health insurance coverage as the result of job loss must apply within 60 days of losing coverage, the release states.
Further, residents who can show they’ve lost income during the pandemic could be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus or subsidized Qualified Health Plans.
Those who are eligible for Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus can enroll year-round, according to the release.
The release states anyone who enrolls in a qualified health plan through NY State of Health or directly through an insurer can elect for their coverage to begin either on Sept. 1 or Oct. 1
Enrollment can be completed online through NY State of Health, by phone at 1-855-355-5777 or with the help of an application counselor.
This article originally appeared on the New York City Patch