New York reports 50,000 healthcare enrollees

Nearly 50,000 people in New York have enrolled in ObamaCare since the insurance marketplace launched on Oct. 1, according to the state’s health department. 

Nearly 200,000 New Yorkers have completed the full application process, the department says.

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Those are the largest figures reported by any state so far but includes people who have enrolled or applied for expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare.

It's not clear how many of the 48,162 New York enrollees have signed up for Medicaid, the government’s health program for low-income individuals and how many have signed up for private health insurance.

The Obama administration aimed to have 800,000 sign up on the exchanges within their first two months, according to an internal memo.

The administration is expected to reveal its first enrollment estimates this week, and they are widely expected to fall short of that goal.

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that only 40,000 to 50,000 had enrolled in all 36 of the exchanges run by HealthCare.gov. Fourteen states, including New York and California, are running their own exchanges.

Avalere Health also reported on Monday that 50,000 people had enrolled in 12 state exchanges, including New York. The report said 13,300 had enrolled just in New York.

New York officials said they were pleased with their numbers.

“In less than two months since the launch of NY State of Health, already almost 50,000 New Yorkers have enrolled in quality, low-cost health insurance and nearly 200,000 have completed applications and are eligible for insurance,” said Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health, in a statement. 

“We are very pleased to see these results, which show that tens of thousands of individuals across the state are turning to nystateofhealth.ny.gov to access low-cost health insurance.”

The Congressional Budget Office has predicted 7 million will enroll in the exchanges through 2014.