Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy is a statewide, nonprofit, policy analysis and advocacy organization working to shape policies to improve health, welfare and human services for all New Yorkers, especially those who are poor or vulnerable. Since 1872, the Schuyler Center has served as a voice for social and economic justice and policies that work for children, people living in poverty, and persons who are chronically ill and disabled in New York State. See below for more information about SCAA’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • SCAA Testifies at State Budget Hearing

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy testified before the Joint Fiscal Committees during the Health/Medicaid budget hearing. The testimony addressed SCAA’s support of: an increased focus on children’s oral health; the Governor’s proposal to ensure the Exchange has a reliable funding source; and funding for a Basic Health Plan.

  • SCAA Releases Report on Oral Health

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy released a report on how New York can implement better policies to prevent dental disease in children. The brief notes that dental disease is not only harmful to a child’s development, but is also very costly to the State. The report recommends protecting and expanding community water fluoridation, providing universal dental insurance, expanding dental services in schools, and expanding the use of community health workers.

  • SCAA Hosts Webinar on Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy hosted a webinar on the Department of Health’s Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives. The Collaboratives are part of the State’s Maternal and Infant Health Initiative to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for high-need women and families in target communities and reduce racial, ethnic and economic disparities in those outcomes. 

  • SCAA Releases Brief on Childhood Oral Health

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy published an issue brief highlighting strategies to improve pediatric oral health. According to the brief, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease even though it is completely preventable. SCAA recommends implementing evidence-based strategies to address oral health, including: expanding water fluoridation programs; increasing access to preventive dental care; expanding dental services in schools; and developing a public health infrastructure to provide technical assistance and education at the state and local levels.
  • HCFANY and SCAA Celebrated In-Person Assisters’ Impact

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    NY: Following the New York State of Health’s enrollment report release, Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) issued a press release highlighting the important role that in-person assistors played during the 2014 open enrollment period. Kate Breslin, president and chief executive officer for the Schulyer Center for Analysis and Advocacy, stated, “A strong network of about 9,000 in-person assistors - such as Navigators, Certified Application Counselors and brokers - helped nearly 50 percent of applicants enroll. The report shows how critical this assistance is, particularly for low-income consumers, as 59 percent of those enrolling in Medicaid got in-person help." 

  • SCAA Releases Policy Brief on Confidentiality and Health Insurance

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy released a policy brief on confidentiality  protections to ensure minors, young adults and adults who are non-primary policy holders  feel safe using their health insurance and do not forgo needed health care services.  The brief outlines recommendations for New York insurance companies to increase awareness of and improve confidentiality policies.
  • Smile! SCAA Launches Preventive Oral Health Initiative

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) published a policy brief, infographic, and fast facts highlighting opportunities for New  York to improve dental health.  These resources are part of SCAA’s new initiative, Keep NY Smiling, focused on creating stronger state-level policies to promote oral health and reduce the burden of dental disease.  

  • KidsWell NY To Host Webinar on Connecting Families to Coverage

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) will co-host a webinar on March 7, 2014 about connecting families to coverage.  Presenters from the New York State of Health (NYSOH), New York’s State-based Marketplace, will discuss the importance of health coverage for families and discuss enrollment procedures and available consumer assistance.  SCAA also developed a newsletter article template with enrollment instructions for families.

  • SCAA President Testified in Support of Priorities Included in New York’s Proposed Budget

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    NY:  Kate Breslin, president and CEO for the Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis (SCAA), testified  before the Joint Fiscal Committees on New York’s proposed executive budget. Breslin urged the Legislature to support: the Basic Health Program; consumer assistance programs; protections against out-of-network medical bills; and the elimination of Child Health Plus waiting periods. 

  • Get the Facts! SCAA's CEO was featured on WCNY Podcast about Exchanges

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    NY: Kate Breslin, CEO of Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), was featured on a WCNY Podcast highlighting the importance of health insurance for low-income children and the positive impact NY’s Marketplace will have on low-income families. Ms. Breslin also previewed SCAA’s November 7th Annual Policy ForumGrowing Up in Poverty in America: A Call to Action.
  • SCAA Says, "NY, Make Sure that Our Health Care System Protects Consumers!"

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    NY: Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, presented testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committee on the 2013-2014 Executive Budget on Health and Medicaid issues in the state. 
  • The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy Released Policy Recommendations to Improve Child and Family Well-being

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     NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy released a report listing various policy recommendations to New York’s policy-makers to improve child and family well-being in 2013. 

  • The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy Announced a Policy Forum on Improving the Well-being of Children and Families

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy announced that a policy forum on improving the well-being of children and families will be held on November 29, 2012. Guest Speakers include Professor Peter B. Edelman of the Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center.
  • SCAA was Highlighted for its Work on Early Childhood Development and Announced New Initiative to Educate Candidates on Children's Issues

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    NY: Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) CEO and President Kate Breslin was profiled in a Times Union article highlighting her background and the SCAA's work on early childhood development. In addition, SCAA announced Vote for KIDS New York, a non-partisan initiative to educate candidates on the importance of children’s issues. Resources from this initiative include four fact sheets highlighting meeting the needs of children and questions for individuals to ask candidates at town hall meetings and debates.
  • SCAA President Commented on ACA's Benefits to Children and Families

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    The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy’s President and CEO Kate Breslin was quoted in a Capitol Confidential “React-O-Mat” article highlighting the benefits New York children, families and individuals have and will receive from the ACA now that it has been upheld. Ms. Breslin notes that this is an important time that the state continues to focus on ensuring that children and families receive the full benefits of the law.
  • 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.
  • SCAA Held Interactive Exhibit to Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

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    The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and other New York state advocates held an interactive exhibit by Invest in US and a reception to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week on May 7th and 8th. Speakers included Commissioner Michael F. Hogan of the New York State Office of Mental Health and Deputy Director Robert G. Grawley of the Council on Children and Families.

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