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 Writes About Medicaid Coverage for Foster Care Children

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) published a President’s Corner post highlighting the ACA provision that extends Medicaid coverage to foster youth until age 26, regardless of income. The provision went into effect in January 2014 and offers health insurance to more than 20,000 youth who age out of foster care nation-wide each year. The post notes that the SCAA is working to spread awareness of this provision.

  • 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.
  • SCAA Compares NY’s Executive and Legislative Budgets

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    NY: The Schulyer Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) released a news blast comparing New York’s Executive and Legislative budget proposals against SCAA’s policy priorities.  

  • 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 Releases Toolkit with Former Foster Care Youth Resources

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) released a toolkit with resources for enrolling former foster care youth in health coverage.  The toolkit, which includes presentations, FAQs, a fact sheet, and newsletter article templates, is intended to educate stakeholders about the former foster care youth provision; explain how the provision is being implemented in New York; and encourage outreach to eligible youth.

  • 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. 

  • SCAA Releases Brief Highlighting Intersection of Priorities and NY Budget

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis (SCAA) released a news blast reviewing  the intersection of Governor Cuomo’s 2014-2015 budget proposal and SCAA’s policy priorities. The analysis highlights the budget’s inclusion of the following health initiatives: language authorizing the Basic Health Program; protections against out-of-network medical bills; and funding for consumer assistance and the transition of foster care youth to Medicaid managed care, among other areas. 

  • Webinar Alert! SCAA to Host Webinar on Outreach Strategies for Former Foster Care Youth

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) will host a webinar on November 20th on effective outreach and engagement strategies to educate former foster youth about coverage options under the ACA.
  • SCAA Held Webinar on New Insurance Options for Foster Care Youth

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health and the Office of Children and Family Services, held a webinar on October 28th to review the new health insurance options for foster care youth beginning on January 1, 2014. The webinar specifically focused on the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which allows youth who left foster care at age 18 or older to enroll in and receive Medicaid coverage until age 26, regardless of income. Access to health and mental health services is critical for youth transitioning out of the foster care system and SCAA is working to inform stakeholders about the provision.  
  • KidsWell New York Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy’s (SCAA) President and CEO Kate Breslin issued a statement  on launch of the New York Health Exchange Marketplace in which she noted that Marketplaces are, “a smart way to strengthen families and communities across the state.”

     

    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) launched its new website in celebration of the kick-off of the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The new website includes health policy resources, the HCFANY blog that provides health policy updates, a story bank that features personal stories from New Yorkers and a list of upcoming HCFANY events.

     

    Community Service Society of New York (CSS) posted an infographic that provides insight on the new health insurance options available starting January 1st, including information on how to apply and enroll for coverage through the new Marketplaces.

  • 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.
  • KidsWell NY, CA, & CCF Held Webinar on ACA Extension of Medicaid Coverage for Foster Care Kids

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    NY, CA, & CCF : KidsWell New York and KidsWell California, in collaboration with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), held a state partner webinar to provide an overview of the ACA provision that will extend Medicaid coverage to foster children up to 26 years of age. In addition, the webinar discussed how to develop messaging and outreach strategies for state advocates and agencies to help enroll foster children into coverage. The webinar featured Tricia Brooks of CCF, Brooke Lehamn of Childworks, Bridget Walsh of Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), and Leigh Cobbs of Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY). Additionally, Children Now released a one-pager outlining the current statues in place limiting Medicaid coverage to California foster children and potential solutions. 
  • SCAA Publishes an Overview of the 2013-14 NYS Budget

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy published an overview of the New York State 2013-14 budget that the Legislature passed on March 28th. The budget included provisions to assist the state in implementing the ACA, including: premium assistance for individuals eligible for Family Health Plus; consumer protections relating to individuals with out-of-network coverage and the Navigator program; the development of a workgroup to study a basic health program; and consumer assistance funding for Community Health Advocates. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

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