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Congress extends CHIP funding for 2 years, HCFANY already turning attention to 2017

Posted April, 15 2015 by Amanda

Late last night, the Senate passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), a bi-partisan legislative package originating in the House of Representatives that, among other things, reauthorizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years, through 2017. HCFANY and other leaders in healthcare advocacy supported a four-year extension. […]

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NYC Health wants YOU to Get Covered Today

Posted April, 8 2015 by Amanda

Remember that Special Enrollment Period the NY State of Health Marketplace set up for tax season? From March 1 to the end of this month (April 30), uninsured New Yorkers facing a tax penalty can enroll in health plans through the Marketplace. To get the word out, the New York City health department invested in a month-long television […]

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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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Spring has sprung for surprise bills protections

Posted April, 1 2015 by Amanda

Today is the day that New York’s new surprise bills protection law went into effect! The new Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law will hold New Yorkers harmless from medical bills that result from the unexpected use of “out-of-network” providers. HCFANY worked closely with consumer groups, including Consumers Union, American Cancer Society and AARP, and New York’s Department of Financial Services […]