2006-09-22 / Community

2006 Health Insurer Guide Available

The 2006 New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurers is now available in both hard copy and electronic versions. Updated with new editorial content for the eighth consecutive year, the publication enables New Yorkers to compare commercial and non-profit health insurers as well as health maintenance organizations (HMOs) on a variety of factors, from services offered to overall consumer satisfaction.

"Choosing a health insurer is one of the most important decisions a family makes, and New Yorkers now have more choices than ever before," Governor George E. Pataki said. "The 2006 New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurers provides quality information about the wide range of products available, including state-supported plans like Healthy New York, allowing readers to select a health insurance plan that best fits their needs."

Under Governor Pataki, New York has been a national leader in expanding access to health insurance. The percentage of New Yorkers without health insurance dropped to 13.5 percent of the population in 2005 from 15.8 percent in 2002, according to United States Census Bureau data.

Programs like Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus, which are administered by the State Health Department, and Health, a State Insurance Department initiative, are aimed at providing uninsured New Yorkers with health coverage.

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