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.

  • 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 Issue Brief on DSRIP

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) released an issue brief on New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. The brief provides an overview of New York State’s DSRIP goals, projects, and design requirements.  

  • SCAA Reports on NY Budget Results

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    NY: Kate Breslin, president and CEO of the Schulyer Center for Analysis and Advocacy, published a blog post on New York’s final budget, highlighting the health coverage improvements.  The final budget includes provisions to: move forward with the Basic Health Program; protect consumers from out-of-network bills; and implement “aid continuing” protections for Medicaid managed care members appealing a denial of services.
  • 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. 

  • 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 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 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.

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