Capsules: N.Y. Exchange Says 40,000 Have Applied For Coverage; 28K Sign Up For Health Coverage Through California's Exchange; Navigating The Marketplaces: Reader Questions Answered

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Phil Galewitz reports on the latest numbers from New York’s health exchange: "New York's online insurance exchange on Tuesday said more than 40,000 people have completed applications for coverage so far, though not all have chosen a health plan. Officials from the exchange, called NY State of Health, said these applicants were found eligible to buy a health plan" (Galewitz, 10/9).

In addition, Anna Gorman checks in on applications for health coverage on the California exchange: "More than 16,000 applications on behalf of 28,700 people have been completed through the state’s insurance marketplace, Covered California, officials announced Tuesday. Executive Director Peter Lee said 16,311 applications, some representing several family members, were completed between Oct. 1 and Oct. 5 and another 27,305 are in process. Lee did not specify how many of the applicants would receive coverage through the state-based exchange or how many qualified for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program" (Gorman, 10/8).

Also on Capsules, Julie Appleby joined yesterday with the Washington Post's Sarah Kliff and Consumers' Checkbook's Robert Krughoff in an online chat to answer readers' questions about enrollment in the health law's new insurance marketplaces. Read the transcript and check out what else is on the blog.

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