State Health Plan Extension

New York State has extended its open enrollment period for qualified health plan coverage through Jan. 31, according to the Department of Health. In states that use the federal marketplace, the deadline is still Friday, Dec. 15.

Because New York operates its own marketplace, N.Y. State of Health, it has chosen to exercise its authority to set its open enrollment period dates. Officials hope the extension will meet the needs of consumers by ensuring that they have sufficient time to consider their health care options and enroll.

All marketplace plans offer comprehensive coverage including free preventive services, doctor visits (including specialists), tests ordered by doctors, prescription drugs, and inpatient and outpatient hospital care.

  East End residents can visit the East Hampton Healthcare Center at 200 Pantigo Road for assistance with health care plans or obtain coverage through the New York marketplace website,