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More than 1 million people selected a health plan during the fourth week of the health law’s open enrollment and nearly 2.5 million have done so since it began Nov. 15, federal officials said Tuesday.

A month into the state’s second health insurance open enrollment period, officials say the state is on-track to getting more New Yorkers insured. WXXI’s Michelle Faust spoke with Elisabeth Benjamin, the Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society—a key navigator agency in New York State.

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation: at an outpatient surgery center. “My first thought was ‘Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?’ ” recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt “very trepidatious” about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital.

The national deadline to enroll in health care during the second year of open enrollment is today, December 15, but New York has extended the deadline through Saturday.

If you plan to use the New York State of Health Marketplace to sign up for health care, you have 5 more days to enroll if you want your coverage to start on January 1st.

The national deadline to enroll in health care during the second year of open enrollment is today/ December 15, but New York has extended the deadline through Saturday.

 

If you plan to use the New York State of Health Marketplace to sign up for health care, you have 5 more days to enroll if you want your coverage to start on January first.

 

Ever been lost on a new trail on a hike? Or confused between north and south in a new city? Or after a certain age, unsure if you really took that anti-cholesterol pill last night, or was it the blood pressure pill?  They kind-of look the same.

For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The average premiums for different levels of health insurance can vary widely depending on which New York County you live in, according to research prepared for WXXI's Understanding The Affordable Care Act reporting project.

Here is an updated comparison showing the 2015 Average Metal Plan Premiums and Deductibles.

Consumers shopping on the health insurance marketplaces will find many plans with out-of-pocket spending limits that are lower than the maximums allowed under the health law, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.

With less than a week until the deadline to buy individual health insurance that begins Jan. 1, experts say sign-ups are on course to hit or exceed the Obama administration’s projection of about 9 million enrollees in 2015.