Local

After rough start, state’s online health insurance marketplace up and running

After rough start, state’s online health insurance marketplace up and running

After a rough start, the New York State of Health website appears to be functioning normally again.

People who visited the website after its launch Tuesday were greeted with error messages when trying to register.

A spokesman for the Department of Health blamed the problem on the 2 million visits to the website in the first 90 minutes of its launch.

Betty Falcao, who serves on the Health Planning Council for the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, says it illustrates the high demand for affordable health care across the state.

“It just goes to show there are a lot of people who don’t have health insurance who want to get it, or people who are currently paying quite high prices and want to see if they can get something more affordable,” Falcao said.

Falcao is a certified “navigator” in the health exchange process, and can help residents and businesses in Tompkins County find out what options are available for them.

Falcao says there are about 9,000 people in the county who currently do not have health insurance. She says it’s estimated that about half of those people will now get insurance through the marketplace.

Locally, residents can call 2-1-1 to request an appointment with a navigator.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Arrest made in Elmira Savings Bank robbery

Ian Miles

Ian Miles, 28, of Cortland, was arrested in Ithaca Friday.

in Local

Groton schools respond to Sept. hazing incident

Local_News41-620x400

Groton Schools Superintendent Jim Abrams says the district is making a serious effort to improve community outreach and student behavior following September’s hazing incident.

in Local

Man dies in Cortland County collision

crime

No charges have been filed.

in Local

State, local authorities increase DWI patrols for Halloween weekend

crime2

Drivers should expect sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols.

in Local

Drunk driver charged with hitting, killing jogger in central New York

crime

28-year-old man charged with vehicular manslaughter, DWI in connection with Thursday incident