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NY Health Exchange opens to high demand

High demand to purchase health insurance from the new New York State of Health is overwhelming the new site.

Today was the first day to purchase insurance in the marketplace, which was set up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Plans purchased in the marketplace will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Below is a video touting the new market, which launched at 8 a.m.

People who are struggling with the website are encouraged to call 1-855-355-5777 or can reach out to the state's twitter account, @NYStateofHealth. "We appreciate your patience while our website & call center experience high volume this morning," said the Twitter account to a few people with complaints.

To help decipher the new market there are also regional fact sheets and the Daily Gazette did a Q&A with the state Department of Health.

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