Health Care

N.Y. set to increase public insurance options for low-income residents

The state’s Essential Health Plan will be expanded to include those making up to 250% of the federal poverty line.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) greets people as she arrives to deliver her State of the State address in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

An additional 100,000 low-income New Yorkers will have access to more-affordable health insurance next month after the state received federal approval to expand the Essential Health Plan coverage sold through its Affordable Care Act marketplace, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced.

In a statement, Hochul called the expansion to those with incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty line “an important step toward building a better health care system statewide.”

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