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Congresswoman Clarke’s Statement on New York State of Health Enrollment

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on a report this week from the state’s health insurance marketplace, New York State of Health, detailing information on enrollee demographics.  The marketplace has enrolled 960,762 New Yorkers, almost one million people, eighty percent of whom had previously been uninsured.

“New York State of Health has allowed hundreds of thousands of families to obtain critical health care services at an affordable rate. I commend the state officials who worked to support enrollment in the marketplace, which has already reduced costs and provided better access,” said Congresswoman Clarke. “The enrollment of nearly one million people in New York State, with the majority being younger adults, demonstrates the long term stability of the health insurance marketplace for the State.”

Of those individuals who purchased a New York State of Health Qualified Health Plan from the state insurance marketplace, thirty-one percent were between the ages of 18 and 34. This was the highest enrollee age demographic in the state’s marketplace.  Individuals aged 35 to 44 years old comprised eighteen percent of total enrollees.

U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke is a member of the House Committee on Small Business, Ethics, and Homeland Security, where she is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. She represents many neighborhoods in central and southern Brooklyn, NY which include Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, parts of Park Slope and Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Sheepshead Bay, and Windsor Terrace.