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
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.
On July 9, 2012 Governor Cuomo submitted a declaration letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirming New York's intent to establish a State-based Health Benefit Exchange consistent with the Affordable Care Act. The letter indicates the State's intent to perform advance premium tax credit and cost sharing reduction eligibility determinations and designates Donna Frescatore, who will serve as the Executive Director of the New York Health Benefit Exchange, as the primary point of contact for the State's Exchange Blueprint Application.