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More than 375,000 New Yorkers Are Enrolled in the Essential Plan!

Posted September, 1 2016 by Taylor Frazier

Once again New York is leading the nation as one of only two states to implement a Basic Health Plan (BHP). As of January 31, 379,599 New Yorkers enrolled in comprehensive, affordable coverage through the New York’s BHP, branded the Essential Plan, which launched in 2016. A few weeks ago, the NY State of Health […]

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ACA Protects People with Chronic Conditions Against Discrimination in their Health Coverage

Posted August, 10 2016 by Taylor Frazier

Guest blog by Heidi Siegfried, Project Director at New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage (NYFAHC) and Health Policy Director, Center for Independence of the Disabled. A few days ago, Health Affairs published an article that highlighted how the non-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Section 1557, can protect consumers against benefit designs that […]

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DFS Calls for Hearing on Anthem-Cigna Merger

Posted August, 9 2016 by Taylor Frazier

Late last week, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) called for a hearing to discuss the consequences of a merger of the Anthem and Cigna health insurance companies. HCFANY applauds DFS for this action. HCFANY wrote to DFS in early March shortly after the potential merger was announced. In the letter, HCFANY […]

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Georgetown Center for Children and Families Conference 2016 Recap

Posted August, 8 2016 by Taylor Frazier

Two weeks ago, children’s health advocates from across the country came together in Washington, DC for the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families Annual Conference. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for national and state advocates to share their experiences and learn from one another. This year’s conference theme was “Clear Skies […]