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!

  • YI and HCFANY Blog About the ACA’s Fifth Anniversary

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    YI, NY: In honor of the ACA’s fifth anniversary, Young Invincibles (YI) and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) blogged about five ways the ACA has changed health insurance for Millennials and New Yorkers, respectively. YI noted that 5.7 million young adults have gained coverage since the passage of the ACA and HFCANY highlighted that over 2.1 million New Yorkers have enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace since it launched in October 2013.
  • HCFANY To Host Budget Briefing Call

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    NY: On March 20th, Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) will host a conference call discussing the State Legislature’s budget proposals. The call will include a discussion of HCFANY’s budget priorities and advocacy tips.  Registration is available now.
  • HCFANY Blogs About Future of Child Health Plus

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about the future of Child Health Plus, New York’s CHIP program.  The blog provides a brief background on the program, noting that 500,000 children in the state currently rely on CHIP. If Congress does not extend CHIP, the state stands to lose up to $950 million in federal funds and state matching funds in 2016.

  • HCFANY Blogs about King v. Burwell

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about the beginning of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The blog provides background on the case and notes that although the case does not directly impact New York because it operates a State-based Marketplace, the decision could impact the entire health care system.

  • HCFANY To Host Annual Budget Advocacy Day

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    NY: On March 3, Health Care for All New York is hosting a budget advocacy day in Albany. The day includes a briefing and meetings with key legislators and staff. Registration is available through February 27th.

  • HFCANY Testifies at State Budget Hearing

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) submitted testimony to the New York Senate and Assembly fiscal committees during the Health/Medicaid budget hearing. The testimony explains HCFANY’s general support for the Governor’s proposed budget, but opposes allowing extra time for hospitals to adjust to indigent care funding requirements and eliminating prescriber prevails and spousal refusal. The testimony also urges the Legislature to allow for expansions in Medicaid coverage beyond the global cap and increase consumer engagement in the development of a value-based payment system.

  • HFCANY Blogs About Major Marketplace Milestone

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement that over 2 million New Yorkers have enrolled in the NY State of Health Marketplace. The blog explains that 98%, or 1.8 million, of these new enrollees did not have coverage when they enrolled and, according to a recent survey, 92% of enrollees are satisfied with their health coverage. The blog looks forward to final numbers from the 2015 Open Enrollment Periods.

  • CSS Guest Blogs about NY’s Governor’s Budget

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    NY: Elisabeth R. Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives for Community Service Society of New York, wrote a guest blog for Health Care for All New York about Governor Cuomo’s budget bill. The blog supports the proposed new financing mechanism for the state Marketplace and the proposed $2.5 million in state funding for the Community Health Advocates (CHA) program, which provides navigator and application assistance.

  • HCFANY Blogs About LGBT Enrollment Outreach

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) blogged about the beginning of LGBT Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment week, an effort aimed at informing uninsured LGBT New Yorkers about coverage options and helping them apply before the end of Open Enrollment. Lois Uttley, co-chair of the HCFANY LGBT Task Force, stated, “[w]e want uninsured LGBT New Yorkers to know that you can apply for coverage without fear of discrimination or being turned down because of pre-existing conditions.”

  • HCFANY Applauds Guidance Protecting Transgender Individuals from Insurance Discrimination

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) issued a press release praising Governor Cuomo’s  administration for issuing guidance to all commercial insurance companies barring denials of medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria. Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at Community Service Society of New York and co-founder of HCFANY, stated, “We are proud that our State stands up for the rights of transgender New Yorkers by guaranteeing them equal access to health care coverage. New York State’s new insurer guidance brings us one step closer to ending discrimination based on a person’s gender identity.”

  • HCFANY Blogs About NY’s Open Enrollment Deadline Extension

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about New York’s decision to extend the enrollment deadline from December 15th to December 20th for coverage beginning on January 1st. The blog clarifies the extended deadline is only for coverage that is scheduled to begin on January 1st and that the open enrollment period remains open until February 15th.

  • HCFANY Announces 2015 Annual Meeting

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    NY: Health Care For All New York announced it will hold its Annual Meeting on January 9th in Albany. The meeting will highlight successes from the year past and strategies for 2015. Registration is available now.

  • HCFANY Releases Story Booklet Highlighting ACA Open Enrollment Successes

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    NY: Health Care for All New York released a booklet of stories from real New Yorkers on how the ACA has positively impacted their lives. The booklet features 12 stories from individuals across New York who enrolled in Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), Medicaid, CHIP, and small business plans during the first Open Enrollment Period.

  • CDF-NY Blogs About Hispanic Children in New York for HCFANY

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    CCF, NY: Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, director of health policy for Children’s Defense Fund-NY, blogged about Hispanic children in New York. The blog discusses findings from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ report on health coverage for Hispanics and the impact that a recent surge in unaccompanied immigrant minors might have on uninsured rates. The blog urges city and state officials to implement social service policies that are user-friendly for children and families, especially new immigrants.

  • KidsWell Partners Circulate Letter Urging Congress to Extend MIECHV Program Funding

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    CDF, First Focus, NY: KidsWell Partners, Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus, and Health Care for All New York, signed on to a letter urging Congress to extend funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program before the end of this legislative session or as one of the first acts of the next legislative session. MIECHV funding is set to expire in March 2015. Organizations are encouraged to add their name to the letter by November 7th.

     

  • HCFANY Hosts Cultural Competency Webinar On Enrolling LGBT New Yorkers in Health Coverage

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    NY: Health Care for All New York’s LGBT Taskforce held a webinar on best practices for navigators and assistors to ensure cultural competency when helping LGBT New Yorkers enroll in health insurance. The webinar covered: specific health issues that LGBT applicants may face; how to deal with special enrollment issues for transgender applicants; and how an organization can be welcoming to LGBT applicants. Materials from the presentation are available.

  • HCFANY Publishes Issue Brief Highlighting 2013-2014 Open Enrollment Period

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    NY: Health Care for All New York published an issue brief with highlights, key statistics, and consumer stories that illustrate the success of the 2013-2014 open enrollment period in New York. The issue brief also makes recommendations for enrolling all New Yorkers in coverage, including: making insurance more affordable, increasing outreach efforts to communities of color and immigrants, and continuing to improve access to providers. 

  • HCFANY To Host Fall Membership Meeting

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) will host its fall membership meeting for the Children Youth and Families Task Force on November 6th. The meeting, which HFCANY also blogged about, will include a discussion about open enrollment and a presentation by Jason Helgerson, New York’s Medicaid Director, on DSRIP and its impact on children. Registration is available now.

  • HCFANY Blogs About New Marketplace Features and Improvements

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about new features on the New York State Marketplace aimed at improving outreach and enrollment efforts. The blog notes the addition of: a new events calendar for enrollment assistance; new county-by-county enrollment data; and a Spanish-language version of the Marketplace’s website that should be available in time for open enrollment.

  • HCFANY Applauds Administration’s Cuts to Proposed Rate Hikes

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    HCFANY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) issued a press release supporting the State’s decision to cut proposed health insurance rate hikes by over 50 percent. Carriers sought an average increase of 12.7% and 13.9% in the individual and small group markets, respectively, but the Department of Financial Services only approved average increases of 5.7% and 6.7%, respectively. Elisabeth Benjamin, co-founder of HCFANY stated, “The Cuomo Administration has effectively applied the law to control premium costs—and this translates into $1 billion in real savings for New Yorkers.”

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