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!

  • HCFANY Submitted Comments to CMS Regulations Related to Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit

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    NY: HCFANY submitted comments to CMS, as a follow up to their comments submitted in October 2011, on the final regulations related to health insurance premium tax credit.
  • HCFANY Submitted Comments to CMS on the Proposed Data Elements for the Single Streamlined Application

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    NY: HCFANY submitted comments to CMS on the proposed data elements for the single streamlined application. HCFANY recommends 10 general principles to be incorporated throughout the application to ensure easy enrollment and limited administrative burden on states.
  • HCFANY Blogged About the Significant Decline in Uninsured New Yorkers

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    NY: Health Care For All New York's (HCFANY) blog highlighted that the number uninsured New Yorkers dropped significantly for the first time in many years.
  • HCFANY Recommended the State Choose the NYS Employee Plans’ Empire Plan as the EHB Benchmark Plan

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog providing HCFANY’s comments to the New York State Exchange and Department of Health recommending that the state choose the NYS Employee Plans’ Empire Plan as the EHB benchmark plan and a recommendation template letter developed for NYS consumers and advocates. HCFANY also published blog posts (here and here) highlighting its letters to the New York Department of Financial Services opposing requested premium rate increases. In addition, HCFANY held a tele-town hall featuring New York State Senators to celebrate the start of the ACA’s eight free preventive services for women.  
  • HCFANY Objected to State Insurance Department's Proposed Rate Increases

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog post and submitted a letter to the New York State Insurance Department objecting to proposed rate increases from Oxford Health Plans (NY), Inc., Oxford Health Insurance, Inc., and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company of New York.

  • HCFANY Talking Points and Listening Tour Promoted ACA Implementation

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) released talking points and a listening tour to help individuals counter claims against the ACA and express opinions on the implementation of ACA provisions. 

  • HCFANY Hosted Webinar on SCOTUS Ruling on ACA

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    NY: Health Care for All New Yorkers (HCFANY) hosted a webinar to update stakeholders on the outcome of the Supreme Court decision. HCFANY also issued a call to action in response to the U.S. House of Representatives' vote to repeal the ACA.

  • HCFANY Blogged About the Meaning of SCOTUS Ruling

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    HCFANY published a blog post providing a break down of what the ruling means for (1) consumers; (2) small businesses; and (3) the state of New York.
  • HCFANY Promoted SCOTUS Ruling on ACA

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    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) hosted events on the day of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Cortland, New York City, and Syracuse. In addition, HCFANY published a blog post highlighting the New York rally with pictures and videos.
  • HCFANY Hosted Webinar on Recent Health Reform Activities

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    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) held a  webinar on May 4, 2012 (and one on May 10th for those unable to attend) focusing on recent health reform activities, specifically the Executive Order Governor Cuomo signed in April establishing the New York State Exchange. The webinar also included a question and answer segment and materials are available here.
  • CYF Released Informational Guides on the ACA

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    The Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Task Force, organized by the Community Service Society of NY (CSS), the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) and the Children’s Defense Fund-NY (CDF-NY), released three Quick Sheets on how the ACA will affect: (1) children’s oral health; (2) children’s behavioral health; and (3) promoting “seamless” coverage.
  • KidsWell New York Partners Held Meeting on State-Based Exchange

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    The Children, Youth & Families Task Force of Health Care For All New York (HCFANY), in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund - NY, Community Service Society of New York, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, held a meeting on May 9, 2012 in Albany. The agenda focused on the newly signed Executive Order to establish a state-based Exchange. In addition, Judy Arnold of the New York Department of Health will be featured as a speaker. Registration is available here.
  • KidsWell New York Partners Held a Meeting to Discuss State-Based Exchange

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    The Children, Youth & Families Task Force of Health Care For All New York (HCFANY), in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund - NY, Community Service Society of New York, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, will hold a meeting on May 9, 2012 at 10:30am ET in Albany, New York. The agenda will focus on the newly signed Executive Order to establish a state-based Exchange. In addition, Judy Arnold of the New York Department of Health will be featured as a speaker. Registration is available here.
  • Governor Issued Executive Order to Establish State-Based Exchange

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    New York Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order establishing a state-based Exchange. The Executive Order was issued, in large part, as a result of persistent advocacy of KidsWell’s New York state partners' policy analysis and communications campaign (here, here, here). 
  • HCFANY Highlighted Benjamin's Appearance on Brian Lehrer Show

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    HCFANY published a blog post highlighting a guest appearance by Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Community Service Society (CSS) and co-founder of HCFANY, on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to discuss Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order and how the Exchange will affect the state. In her comments, Ms. Benjamin specifically focuses on how the Exchange will affect consumers, why the Governor ultimately issued an Executive Order, and how the Exchange will operate.
  • HCFANY Blogged about ACA Anniversary Activities

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    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) devoted it’s blog to highlight each day of the ACA Anniversary week. The blog posts are available here, herehere and here. HCFANY also participated in a number of ACA anniversary related activities around the State co-organized by various New York organizations. The celebratory activities included round tables, panel discussions, birthday events and celebrations, television broadcasts, forums, and rallies.
  • HCFANY Advocated for Authorization of a State-Based Exchange

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    HCFANY devoted many of its blog posts (here, herehere and here) to the authorization of an  Exchange and urged individuals to contact New York Senators and the Governor to support implementation of a state-based Exchange.
  • HCFANY Launched Online Campaign to Support State-Based Exchange

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    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) released an online advertising campaign on various media sites such as the Daily News, City and State and the Albany Times Union to urge the State Legislature to support a state-based Exchange. HCFANY was also instrumental in pushing the New York Times to publish an editorial on the importance of including authority for an Exchange in the final State Budget.
  • HCFANY Advocated Against Delaying Senate's Passage of Exchange Legislation

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    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a post on its blog regarding New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’s position on why the Senate should not move forward in passing Exchange legislation, including (1) a study by the CATO Institute estimating that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may cost the state more than $65 billion due to Medicaid expansion; (2) an assertion that the state will not miss an opportunity to receive federal grant funds by not passing Exchange legislation in 2012; (3) lack of guidance on the Essential Health Benefits (EHB); and (4) a comment from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius last December noting that it is “appropriate” for the state to wait to establish an Exchange. In its blog post, HCFANY blog explains why each of Skelos’s arguments is flawed, and the need for the Senate to bring an Exchange bill to the floor early this year.
  • HCFANY Released Story Book Showcasing Individuals Benefitting from the ACA

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    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) released an e-book of stories, Health Reform Works: How the Affordable Care Act is Already Making a Difference for New Yorkers, detailing how the ACA has benefitted individuals with pre-existing conditions, small businesses, seniors and youth as well as buttressed and expanded the consumer assistance infrastructure. They also issued a press release announcing the publication.

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