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 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.  

  • KidsWell New York Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy’s (SCAA) President and CEO Kate Breslin issued a statement  on launch of the New York Health Exchange Marketplace in which she noted that Marketplaces are, “a smart way to strengthen families and communities across the state.”


    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) launched its new website in celebration of the kick-off of the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The new website includes health policy resources, the HCFANY blog that provides health policy updates, a story bank that features personal stories from New Yorkers and a list of upcoming HCFANY events.


    Community Service Society of New York (CSS) posted an infographic that provides insight on the new health insurance options available starting January 1st, including information on how to apply and enroll for coverage through the new Marketplaces.

  • New York Advocates Hold Emergency Coalition Call and Publish Recommendations on ACA Implementation in State Budget

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    NY: Health Care For All New York held an emergency coalition call on March 11th to discuss ACA implementation issues addressed in the New York State 2014 FY budget, including key issues on Medicaid Expansion and the Exchange. The call agenda included a breakdown of budget priorities by Elisabeth Benjamin and Carrie Tracey of Community Service Society, and various legislative advocacy activities, such as organizing a sign-on letter, attending a legislative press event, and calling important legislative officials.  In addition, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy published its recommendations on the budget.
  • CSS is Giving Kids a Voice at the (Round) Table to Help Them Take Action on Issues Affecting Daily Lives!

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    NY: The Community Service Society of New York announced a youth roundtable initiative that will serve at-risk-youth ages 13-18 to provide a discussion forum to help youth take an active role on issues that affect their daily lives.
  • CCS President Spoke on Consumer Education and Engagement for State-Based Insurance Exchange

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    NY: Elizabeth Benjamin, Community Service Society’s (CSS) vice president of health initiatives, spoke at an event hosted by New York State’s (NYS) Health Foundation focusing on a consumer education and engagement plan for the New York state-based Exchange. 

  • KidsWell New York Partners Held Meeting on State-Based Exchange

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    The Children, Youth & Families Task Force of Health Care For All New York (HCFANY), in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund - NY, Community Service Society of New York, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, held a meeting on May 9, 2012 in Albany. The agenda focused on the newly signed Executive Order to establish a state-based Exchange. In addition, Judy Arnold of the New York Department of Health will be featured as a speaker. Registration is available here.
  • CSS Released a Report Exposing Systemic Problems in New York Non-Profit Hospitals

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    Community Catalyst highlighted a Democracy Now! Story on the Community Service Society of New York's (CSS) recently released two year report exposing systemic problems in New York non-profit hospitals - Incentivizing Patient Financial Assistance: How to Fix New York’s Hospital Indigent Care Program. The story featured CSS's Elisabeth Benjamin discussing the report and its implications, as well as a patient highlighted in the report.

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