New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 4/22/2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUPERINTENDENT OF INSURANCE VISITS ROCHESTER TO HIGHLIGHT HEALTHY NY AND ENCOURAGE ENROLLMENT BY WORKING UNINSUREDS

        Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today will be in Rochester, New York to highlight Healthy NY, an important health insurance option for small businesses, sole proprietors and the working uninsured and to encourage even more New Yorkers to enroll.

        "More than 80,000 New Yorkers have obtained comprehensive health insurance coverage through Healthy NY and now that it is more affordable and easier to qualify for, thousands of New Yorkers are enrolling each month," said Serio. "It is through the commitment of Governor Pataki that New Yorkers are able to get the quality health insurance they need and I am pleased to be here in Rochester today to encourage small businesses and working individuals in Monroe County and surrounding counties to consider Healthy NY for themselves and their families."

        Senator Joseph Robach said, "Access to health insurance is essential for all New Yorkers. I am pleased that our state is at the forefront of providing insurance coverage options and I applaud the Governor and Superintendent Serio for their efforts."

        Senator Jim Alesi said, "Expanding health care options and availability to meet the needs of all New Yorkers has been a primary focus of the Senate in partnership with Governor Pataki. The Governor’s leadership and vision is evident in the success of innovative programs such as Healthy NY, providing quality and depth of care here in New York that is unrivaled elsewhere in the country. I am happy to support continued efforts to ensure that every resident in the state receives the care and services necessary to maintain a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle."

        The visit to Rochester follows stops in Albany, Poughkeepsie, Utica, Plattsburgh and Corning as part of a statewide tour of New York State to promote this important health insurance product.

        Healthy NY was established when Governor Pataki signed into law the Health Care Reform Act of 2000, which introduced the program to promote access to quality health care by providing comprehensive health insurance to working individuals. In 2003, Governor Pataki announced major improvements to the program to make it even more accessible and affordable to small employers and working families, significantly reducing rates by an average of expanding eligibility guidelines so that more New Yorkers will have access to this important health insurance choice.

        The Healthy NY program was established as a part of the landmark Heath Care Reform Act of 2000 as a new state-sponsored health insurance program for eligible small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, sole proprietors and eligible working uninsured individuals. For further information on Healthy NY visit the Web site at www.healthyny.com or call toll-free at the Healthy NY hotline--1-866-HEALTHY NY (1-866-432-5849).


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