Community Service Society (CSS)

The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) is committed to the goal of increasing access to quality, affordable health coverage in order to improve individual and community health outcomes, promote health equity, and alleviate barriers to employment. To achieve this goal, CSS launched a comprehensive campaign around health care access to address the nearly 2.6 million New Yorkers who lack health insurance. Working statewide with local community partners, our aim is to build public will and advocate for significant government support for needed health reforms. See below for more information about CSS’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • CSS Vice President Participated in ACA Briefing on New York Implementation Activities

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    Elizabeth Benjamin of CSS will participate in a briefing (hosted by the Greater New York Hospital Association on April 20th) to discuss New York’s current ACA implementation activities and projections as to how the activities will affect the state’s insurance markets.
  • CSS Vice President Discussed Concerns Regarding State Based Insurance Program

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    Elisabeth Benjamin of CSS was quoted in an article expressing her concerns regarding Healthy New York, a state based insurance program for individuals and small programs, only admitting new enrollees who enroll in the program’s high-deductible health plan. This plan requires single enrollees to pay a premium of $1,200 and families pay double that amount. Currently Healthy New York is limited to individuals within 250% of the FPL, has 178,000 enrollees in its standard plan, and it receives $160 million annually from the state.
  • CSS Provided Update on Coverage Benefits and Cost Savings of a State-Run Basic Health Plan

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    The Community Service Society provided an update to its June 2011 analysis “Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Basic Health Insurance Option for New York.” The report examines the most recent data on the coverage benefits for individuals and the cost savings for the State of establishing a state-run BHP. According to the new analysis, creation of a BHP would allow approximately 617,500 New Yorkers to access more affordable coverage while providing coverage for an additional 100,000 uninsured individuals. In addition, a BHP could save the state roughly $954 million in annual health care costs.

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