- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The insurer with the most initial clients from New York’s health exchange says it’s taking steps to fill coverage gaps.

The exchange has helped process enrollments by more than 380,000 New Yorkers with 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers and Medicaid.

Empire BlueCross BlueShield says its nearly 30,000 new clients who enrolled by Dec. 24 and who paid an initial premium by Jan. 31 are considered covered since Jan. 1.

The insurer says it’s also posting temporary insurance cards online that can be printed by clients who paid but didn’t yet get regular cards.

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman faulted Empire in a Jan. 14 letter. He said some patients who lacked proof of coverage may have skipped medical care.

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