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Feb 16, 2011

On February 16, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that New York was chosen as one of seven "Early Innovator" states. The State received a grant award of $27.4 million over two years to design and implement the information technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate the Exchange, including eligibility and enrollment systems. As an early innovator, the State will share components it develops with other states to use as they develop their Exchanges.

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Grants
Jan 1, 2011
American Health Benefit Exchanges are the centerpiece of health insurance reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under tight timeframes, all states are required to establish these entities, or cede that authority to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Modeled on Massachusetts’s Connector, the Exchange will straddle public and private health insurance markets, and is charged with a broad range of duties. Some obligations — determining eligibility for tax subsidies to make coverage more affordable, facilitating enrollment in public coverage, and
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Reports & Research
Jan 1, 2011
Medicaid provides health insurance coverage for 4.8 million New Yorkers, more than 25 percent of people residing in the state.1 With the implementation of federal reform in 2014, perhaps as many as 1 million additional New Yorkers will secure coverage through Medicaid. By any measure, Medicaid is an important building block of health insurance coverage in New York State. Now, with the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), a new vision for health insurance coverage in the United States is being advanced, bolstered by significant funding to implement that vision. National
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Reports & Research
Jan 1, 2011
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) envisions access to affordable care for all Americans, a streamlined eligibility and enrollment process to obtain coverage, and seamless integration between Medicaid and the Exchange to ensure smooth transitions between sources of coverage as a person’s circumstances change over time. This paper explores the issues associated with these coordination challenges and identifies options for New York as it considers how to best approach the integration of coverage options along the continuum from fully subsidized public
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Reports & Research
Jan 1, 2011

This report, the third in a series of exchange-related works undertaken this year with the support of the New York State Health Foundation, focuses on two such areas of state discretion involving “mergers”: merging the individual and small business exchanges, and merging the individual and small group markets.

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Reports & Research
Oct 4, 2010

On August 3, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a request for comments asking states, consumer advocates, employers, insurers, and other interested stakeholders to provide input as HHS develops the rules and standards Exchanges should be required to meet. This request for comments included questions on a variety of topics relating to the Exchanges, such as quality standards, employer participation, eligibility and enrollment, and plan participation. Comments were due to HHS by October 4, 2010.

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Policies
Sep 30, 2010

In 2010, New York received a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the first round of funding for the State Planning and Establishment Grants for the Affordable Care Act's Exchanges. The Exchanges will provide a marketplace where individuals, small groups and small businesses can purchase affordable health insurance. This funding the State has received will be used for initial planning activities related to the potential implementation of the Exchanges.

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Grants
Aug 1, 2010
This report provides a health care reform implementation roadmap for New York State, summarizing the major provisions of the ACA, analyzing their implications unique to the State, and outlining the key implementation tasks and issues that New York will confront as it begins ACA implementation.
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Reports & Research
Jul 22, 2010

In 2010, the NYS Department of Health was awarded $2,300,000 for consumer assistance activities. Funds will be used to facilitate the following goals: •Enhance the capacity of partnering community based organizations (CBO) to strengthen their geographical reach, provide more services and increase helpline capacity •Deepen the CBOs’ presentation skills to educate consumers •Ensure that the CBOs have the capacity to determine the merits of and assist consumers with appeals and grievances •Strengthen technical assistance to CBOs in upstate New York

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Grants
Jan 1, 2009
This report provides a comprehensive profile of New York’s public and private health insurance markets. We use the term “market” to include transactions in which buyers pay intermediaries to arrange coverage or cover health care services. Fully insured commercial health insurance markets are surveyed in detail. The self-funded market is reviewed as well, within the limits of available data. State programs such as Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus, and federal programs such as Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, are also profiled.
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Reports & Research

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