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 Published a Report with Recommendations to Develop Framework of Consumer Protections in the Exchange

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    Community Service Society (CSS) published a report providing recommendations to develop a framework of consumer protections in the Exchange.
  • CYF Released Informational Guides on the ACA

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    The Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Task Force, organized by the Community Service Society of NY (CSS), the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) and the Children’s Defense Fund-NY (CDF-NY), released three Quick Sheets on how the ACA will affect: (1) children’s oral health; (2) children’s behavioral health; and (3) promoting “seamless” coverage.
  • CSS Vice President Discussed Concerns Regarding State Based Insurance Program

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    Elisabeth Benjamin of CSS was quoted in an article expressing her concerns regarding Healthy New York, a state based insurance program for individuals and small programs, only admitting new enrollees who enroll in the program’s high-deductible health plan. This plan requires single enrollees to pay a premium of $1,200 and families pay double that amount. Currently Healthy New York is limited to individuals within 250% of the FPL, has 178,000 enrollees in its standard plan, and it receives $160 million annually from the state.

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