Rochester, NY -- A new report from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield says the percentage of the upstate population without health insurance is already lower than the federal health care reform goal for the nation for the year 2023.
Senior V.P. for Marketing and Sales Jim Reed says its a reflection of years of collaboration between insurers, providers and employers to hold down costs. Lower costs mean lower premiums, making it possible for more employers to offer health plans to their workers.
According to the report, upstate New York’s uninsured rate is 8.4 percent -- that's three points below the statewide rate and nearly seven points below the national rate. Only Massachusetts, Vermont and Hawaii have lower rates than upstate New York.