The final word from Albany: NY State’s 2015-2016 Enacted Budget

Posted April, 7 2015 by Amanda

NYS legislators approved the 2015-2016 State Enacted Budget in the wee hours of April Fool’s Day last week (no joke). As always, HCFANY groups had worked hard to promote strong health insurance provisions. Here’s where things landed when it comes to key consumer health care priorities: Consumer Assistance Funding: The final budget contains $3 million […]

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A chance to extend CHIP

Posted March, 24 2015 by Amanda

Jeremy is one of the 275,000 New York kids who can access quality health care because of Child Health Plus. Two weeks ago, we blogged about the status of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which expires in September of this year. The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides the majority of funding […]

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Fighting to Keep Child Health Plus Alive

Posted March, 11 2015 by Amanda

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will run out in September 2015 unless Congress agrees to extend it. A failure to do so would undermine children’s health insurance in all 50 states, including New York. A brief background of CHIP and Child Health Plus Created in 1997, CHIP has helped states like New York […]

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Medicaid to 26: Reaching out to youth

Posted December, 22 2014 by Amanda

Guest Post: Kari Siddiqui, Policy Analyst, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy Everyone cheered when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) included a provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turned 26.  An equally important and lesser-known provision extends health insurance coverage to young adults formerly in foster care, who […]