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!

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  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.”

  • HCFANY To Host Series of Health Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Summits

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    NY: Health Care for All New York will host a series of regional summits from September 10th through October 2nd to review the New York State of Health’s first year of outreach and enrollment. The summits will examine best practices and develop regional plans for the upcoming open enrollment period. Registration is available now.

  • HCFANY Blogs About 2015 Insurance Rates

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) blogged about New York’s 2015 insurance rate review process in the wake of insurers’ submitting rates for the upcoming plan year. The blog includes letters that HCFANY submitted to the New York State Insurance Department on seven plans and notes that in 2014 insurance rates on the state Marketplace declined by 53%. Final rates should be posted in the early fall.

  • 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.

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