Community Service Society (CSS)

The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) is committed to the goal of increasing access to quality, affordable health coverage in order to improve individual and community health outcomes, promote health equity, and alleviate barriers to employment. To achieve this goal, CSS launched a comprehensive campaign around health care access to address the nearly 2.6 million New Yorkers who lack health insurance. Working statewide with local community partners, our aim is to build public will and advocate for significant government support for needed health reforms. See below for more information about CSS’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • CSS To Host ACA Training

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    NY: The Community Service Society will host an ACA training on October 15th. The training includes an overview of: the law and its requirements; the New York Marketplace; financial assistance; and enrollment procedures. Registration is available now.

  • CSS Issues Press Release on Child Health Plus

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    NY: The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) issued a press release reminding parents they can enroll children and teens in Child Health Plus (CHP), a health insurance plan operated by the State, throughout the year.  The release encourages parents to enroll their children at the start of the new school year. CSS is offering free enrollment assistance throughout the state.

  • CSS to Host Medicaid for MAGI Population Training

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    NY: The Community Service Society will host a training on May 28, 2014 on Medicaid eligibility. The training will highlight how to calculate household income and composition under the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) methodology and discuss immigrant eligibility, the Medicaid benefit package, applying for Medicaid through the state’s Marketplace, and managed care provisions.  Registration is available now and costs $50.  

  • CSS To Host New York-Focused ACA Training

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    NY: The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) will host a training for social service professionals about the ACA and its impact on New Yorkers on February 12, 2014. The training will provide information on: coverage opportunities; financial assistance for low-income populations; available health plans; consumer protections; and enrolling in the New York State of Health Marketplace.  Registration is available now for a $50 fee. 

  • KidsWell NM and NY Grantees Discuss ACA Affordability

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    NM & NY: Two KidsWell grantees—Sireesha Manne, staff attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president for the Community Service Society (CSS)—were quoted in Stateline about the affordability of the ACA.  Manne stated, “For those with very low wages trying to raise kids, after paying for housing, electricity, food, transportation, and child care, asking people to pay another $50 or $100 a month, that’s just out of reach.”  Benjamin noted the variation in cost of living across the U.S., “What’s poor in Mississippi is different from what’s poor in New York state.  People have so little disposable income in New York City and other urban areas, but the law doesn’t do geographic indexing.”

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