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Maloney Seeks Investigation Of Health Republic Collapse

 Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Photo Credit: File

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- More than 200,000 New Yorkers will likely lose their health insurance a month earlier than expected and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) is calling on regulators to do something about it.

On Nov. 30, Health Republic Insurance of New York is shutting its doors, the New York State Department of Health Regulators said last week in a letter. This is a month sooner than previously scheduled. Customers who didn't find new insurance by Nov. 15 could potentially have a lapse in coverage. 

Health Republic Insurance of New York is the second-largest provider on the exchange in the state. Maloney represents 20,000 people in the Hudson Valley who will lose their coverage. 

“The bottom line is that families and hard-working folks who play by the rules and pay their premiums should not be left without health insurance because someone else messed up,” says Maloney. “It’s just unacceptable that come December, thousands of my neighbors in the Hudson Valley will be without health insurance through no fault of their own. 

"The state and federal government need to do whatever they can to look after these folks, including extended enrollment, helping to cover costs, waiving any penalties, and taking a hard look at what is going on at Health Republic,” Maloney says. 

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