Representatives of various human services organizations and health providers gathered Monday at the Memorial Art Gallery for a summit on the new health exchanges. The meeting was co-hosted by local Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who says these exchanges, which are part of the pending changes in health care, will make insurance more affordable to a number of people.
Trilby de Jung is an attorney with the Empire Justice Center and also is involved with the Finger Lakes Health Systems agency. She says people who want health insurance from the new exchange still have some time.
“Although enrollment starts on October 1st , coverage really doesn’t start until January 1st, so, beginning in October, people still have several months to get on line, see what their options are and make their decisions. We’re all just getting ready for the shopping to begin.”
Congresswoman Slaughter says that starting in January, 56,000 currently un-insured residents of Monroe County will have access to affordable health coverage.
Slaughter says that right now there are 17 insurance companies bidding for the insurance business for the new health exchange in New York.