Info Request: Community Engagement in DSRIP

Posted May, 2 2016 by Amanda Dunker

Guest Blog by Lara Kassel, Coordinator, Medicaid Matters New York Medicaid Matters New York (MMNY) is a statewide coalition that advocates for the interests of Medicaid beneficiaries. As part of this work, MMNY is conducting a survey to assess the degree to which community-based organizations (CBOs) are engaged in DSRIP. DSRIP is an ambitious effort to change how […]

Basic Price Information is Not Always Available to Health Care Consumers

Posted April, 26 2016 by Amanda Dunker

Narrow networks, high deductible plans, and increased cost-sharing can turn up the pressure on consumers to make careful health care purchases. But right now, consumers don’t have the tools to manage this increasing financial responsibility. This was illustrated in a recent report by the Pioneer Institute, whose researchers called 54 hospitals to ask for the price […]

Drug company responds to consumer pressure for transparency

Posted April, 18 2016 by carrie

The pharmaceutical industry is feeling pressure from consumers and regulators to justify high drug costs. Here in New York, for example, two early budget proposals would have launched State review of large price increases and instituted price ceilings within the Medicaid program (see HCFANY’s comments on those proposals here). Now KaloBios Pharmaceuticals has released a […]

Tips for the Uninsured as Tax Day Approaches

Posted April, 15 2016 by carrie

Guest Blog by Ciara Johnson, RWV-NY Intern and MSW Student at Columbia University The rate of uninsured people in the United States has dropped to 11 percent, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this month. That’s the lowest uninsured rate since Gallup began tracking it eight years ago. Still, that is a lot of […]