Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The companies that developed Healthcare.gov have been under fire by lawmakers.
The website used for signing people up for private health insurance has had a host of problems.
New York, however, is one of more than a dozen states that have avoided similar problems.
For those who need to sign up for health care, navigators are available to help.
ACR Health in Syracuse has already enrolled dozens of people.
"You can go on the marketplace and do it yourself, but navigators are important because we know the system, we know how it works - we know how to apply deductions,” said Steve Wood of ACR Health.
ACR Health says it has seen a few success stories for people shopping for a better deal on insurance – including a woman who didn’t qualify for Medicare yet.
“They were buying insurance out of pocket at $360 a month. They came in, we ran their info through the marketplace, and we got her a policy for $170 - which is a huge amount of savings,” Wood said.
New Yorkers have not had to deal with all the problems on the Federal website because New York is one of 17 states that designed its own marketplace online.
The website is designed to be easy to navigate – once you put in your personal information, it allows you to look through health care plans from major providers and find one that fits.
Since New York’s site launched on Oct. 1, 174,000 people have signed up for health insurance.
Open enrollment for state health care ends on March 31.
Local non-profits, like ACR Health, used Federal and state grant money to hire navigators to help people sign up for Obamacare.
To get help from navigators, Click here
For the marketplace website, Click here