Health Care for All New York (HCFANY)

Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) is a statewide coalition of more than 115 organizations dedicated to winning affordable, comprehensive, and high quality health care for all New Yorkers. HCFANY works to bring consumer voices to the policy conversation, ensuring that real consumer concerns are reflected. HCFANY also provides expert policy analysis, advocacy, and education on important health reform issues and policies that affect New Yorkers around the state. KidsWell Partners CSS, CDF-NY, and SCAA serve on the HCFANY Steering Committee and both CSS and CDF-NY are HCFANY co-founders. Together, HCFANY and its partners. See below for more information about recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • MomsRising and HCFANY Held Twitter Chat on the New York Exchange

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    MomsRising & NY: MomsRising and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) held a WellnessWed Tweet chat on July 24th to share information about the New York State Exchange’s health insurance premium rates and to answer consumers’ questions about how to shop and compare for coverage once open enrollment begins on October 1, 2013.

  • CCS & HCFANY Applaud Lower Healthcare Coverage Rates in New York

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    NY: Elizabeth Benjamin, vice president for health initiatives with the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), was quoted in a New York Times article highlighting that New Yorkers will see a drop of at least 50% in health insurance coverage rates due to the Exchange. “Health insurance has suddenly become affordable in New York,” said Benjamin. “It’s not bargain-basement prices, but we’re going from Bergdorf [Goodman]’s to Filene’s [Basement] here.”

    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) also published a blog post celebrating the approved Exchange rates. The post highlighted their efforts to advocate for low non-Exchange plans by submitting comments to the New York State Department of Financial Services.

  • HCFANY Worked to Spread the Word about the Exchange in the LGBT Community

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) teamed up with volunteers from NYC for Action to spread the word about the New York Health Insurance Exchange to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community at the New York City annual PrideFest Celebration. HCFANY reported that one in four LGBT New Yorkers do not receive health coverage.
  • KidsWell New York Held Meeting on ACA Implementation

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY), in collaboration with the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), hosted a Children Youth and Families Task Force meeting on June 7th to provide an update on ACA implementation efforts in New York. Sherry Tomasky, Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the New York Health Benefit Exchange, presented an update on the Exchange’s implementation and outreach and enrollment efforts. Martine Apodaca, Director of the Public Education Campaign for Enroll America, presented an overview of New York’s uninsured population and health insurance messaging option strategies. The meeting’s materials and additional information about the Task Force are available on HCFANY’s website.
  • HCFANY to Attended Mamapalooza Festival to Spread the Work about ACA!

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    NY: On May 19th, Health Care for All New York attended the Mamapalooza Festival at Riverside Park in Manhattan to spread the word about how the ACA will help moms and their families receive access to coverage and preventive services. HCFANY also published a guest blog post by Lois Uttley of Raising Voices about the event.
  • A Visit to the Bronx! HCFANY Steering Committee Held Exchange Informational Workshops

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) Steering Committee Members –  Carrie Tracy, Community Service Society, Jamie Torres, Regional Director of HHS, Lois Uttley, For Rising Women’s Voices, Rebecca Telzak, Make the Road NY, and Flor Ramirez, Children’s Aid Society –  held two informational workgroup sessions at the Bronx Health Summit. The workgroup sessions were held in English and Spanish and highlighted how 269,000 uninsured individuals in the Bronx may have access to coverage through the Exchange. HCFANY is currently accepting speaking requests about the new health insurance options.

     

  • HCFANY Submitted Comments on Exchange Health Disparities Report

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) submitted comments to the New York Health Benefit Exchange in response to a report published by the Center for Popular Democracy on the Exchange’s efforts to reduce health disparities.  HCFANY’s comments focus on process issues, consumer assistance, network adequacy, and data collection and dissemination.
  • HCFANY Releases Materials from March Briefing

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) released meeting materials from its successful March briefing with over 130 people in attendance. The event featured presentations from Sara Rothenstein, Assistant Director for Policy and Planning for the NY Health Benefit Exchange, Martine Apodaca, Director of the Public Education Campaign for Enroll America, and Joanne Baily, Director of Policy and Research at the New York City Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA).  The presentations focused on the state’s Exchange implementation activities, a profile of the uninsured population, and the challenges and opportunities of health reform implementation.
  • Hooray! HCFANY Reports that NY Budget Includes Important Consumer Protections

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog post highlighting the various insurance consumer protections that were included in the 2013-14 FY Budget deal, including: co-premium assistance; out-of-network coverage protections; the establishment of a workgroup to study whether New York should adopt a Basic Health Plan; consumer assistance programs in the Exchange (e.g., Navigators and Community Health Advocates); and keeping optional benefits in the Medicaid program.

     

  • ACA Anniversary Celebration! KidsWell Advocates Blogged to Celebrate the ACA's 3rd Anniversary!

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    MomsRising, CA, MD, NY, TX: MomsRising, Children’s Defense Fund –CA, Children’s Defense Fund – NY, Health Care For All New YorkAdvocates for Children and Youth , and Texas Well and Health, published blog posts in celebration of the Affordable Care Act’s third anniversary. The advocates note that the ACA has and will continue to help Americans access affordable, quality health care.
  • New York Advocates Hold Emergency Coalition Call and Publish Recommendations on ACA Implementation in State Budget

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    NY: Health Care For All New York held an emergency coalition call on March 11th to discuss ACA implementation issues addressed in the New York State 2014 FY budget, including key issues on Medicaid Expansion and the Exchange. The call agenda included a breakdown of budget priorities by Elisabeth Benjamin and Carrie Tracey of Community Service Society, and various legislative advocacy activities, such as organizing a sign-on letter, attending a legislative press event, and calling important legislative officials.  In addition, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy published its recommendations on the budget.
  • Story Alert! Preventative Services Benefiting Young Women

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog post highlighting a woman in her early 20s who is benefiting from the ACA’s provision that requires all new insurance plans to cover key preventative care for women without copays. 

     

  • Extra! Extra! HCFANY Holding Briefing on Enrollment and Outreach Efforts

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) announced that it will be holding a briefing on March 28th to discuss public outreach and enrollment efforts to ensure that the largest number of New Yorkers enroll in coverage when the state’s Exchange goes live.
  • More Marketing for More Consumers! HCFANY Recommended Outreach Strategies to Reach Diverse Uninsured Populations

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    NY: Health Care for All New York published a policy brief providing recommendations on marketing and outreach strategies to help reach diverse uninsured communities.  
  • HCFANY to New York: ‘Say Yes to the Basic Health Plan Option!’ Find Out Why in This Policy Brief!

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a policy brief providing an overview, options and recommendations on why the state should offer a BHP.

     

  • HCFANY's Newly-Released 2013 ACA Advocacy Agenda is Jam Packed with Health Equity, Basic Health Plans, and Much More!

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) held its annual meeting to discuss its 2013 ACA Advocacy Agenda. In addition, Daniel Holahan, Deputy Director of the New York Health Benefit Exchange, provided an update on the state’s implementation progress. 

  • HCFANY Hosted a Webinar to Discuss New York's Consumer Assistance and Enrollment Framework

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    NY: Health Care for All New York’s (HCFANY) Children, Youth and Families Task Force hosted a webinar on November 30th highlighting New York’s activities in developing a consumer assistance and enrollment framework. The webinar featured findings and recommendations from a Community Service Society and Empire Justice Center report – Connection Consumers to Coverage: The Role of Navigators and Consumer Assistance Programs in Implementing Health Reform in New York.
  • HCFANY Blogged about the NY State Insurance Exchange Requesting Feedback on the November UX 2014 Webinars

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog post highlighting a survey released by the New York State Health Benefit Exchange to collect feedback on the November Enroll UX 2014 webinars. The webinars provided an overview template of what the New York State Health Benefit Exchange website and online application may look like.
  • HCFANY Blogged About Roundtable Discussions on What Communities Should Know about the State-Based Exchange

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog post highlighting a series of 11 roundtable discussions focusing on what state communities need to know about the state-based Exchange and what suggestions they have around its development.
  • HCFANY Blogged About New York State's Regional Advisory Committees Assisting with the Exchange

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    NY: HCFANY published a post on its blog highlighting New York State’s development of five Regional Advisory Committees to make recommendations on the establishment of the Exchange

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