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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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 New York’s Rate Review Process

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about the “prior approval” rate review process in New York.  The blog post explains the rate review process and offers resources for advocates and consumers. 
  • 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." 

  • YI and HCFANY Release New Infographics on Exchange Special Enrollment Periods

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    YI & NY: Young Invincibles and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) released new infographics, website information and videos on special enrollment periods (SEPs).  Young Invincibles’ infographics and HCFANY’s website and videos provide background information on how to access SEPs for individuals who are turning 26 years old, graduating from college, having a baby, getting married, moving, or changing employment.
  • HCFANY To Host Webinar on Children with Special Needs under the ACA

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    NY: Health Care for All New York’s Children, Youth and Families Task Force, organized by KidsWell New York, will host a webinar to discuss ACA provisions for children with special needs on February 10, 2014.  Registration is now available.  

  • Health Care for All New York To Host 2014 Annual Meeting

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) will host its 2014 Annual Meeting on January 9, 2014. The meeting will discuss how the ACA is affecting New Yorkers and HCFANY’s plans to address critical health care issues during the upcoming legislative session.  Registration and the meeting agenda are available now.

  • Hooray! HCFANY Reports that NY Budget Includes Important Consumer Protections

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog post highlighting the various insurance consumer protections that were included in the 2013-14 FY Budget deal, including: co-premium assistance; out-of-network coverage protections; the establishment of a workgroup to study whether New York should adopt a Basic Health Plan; consumer assistance programs in the Exchange (e.g., Navigators and Community Health Advocates); and keeping optional benefits in the Medicaid program.

     

  • More Marketing for More Consumers! HCFANY Recommended Outreach Strategies to Reach Diverse Uninsured Populations

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    NY: Health Care for All New York published a policy brief providing recommendations on marketing and outreach strategies to help reach diverse uninsured communities.  
  • HCFANY Submitted Comments to CMS on the Proposed Data Elements for the Single Streamlined Application

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    NY: HCFANY submitted comments to CMS on the proposed data elements for the single streamlined application. HCFANY recommends 10 general principles to be incorporated throughout the application to ensure easy enrollment and limited administrative burden on states.
  • HCFANY Blogged About the Significant Decline in Uninsured New Yorkers

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    NY: Health Care For All New York's (HCFANY) blog highlighted that the number uninsured New Yorkers dropped significantly for the first time in many years.

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