Yesterday, the New York State Department of health unveiled the new name of our Health Benefit Exchange – NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace – in an information-packed webcast.
In addition to announcing the new name and logo, Donna Frescatore, Executive Director of the New York Health Benefit Exchange, announced the names of the health plans that will participate in the NY State of Health. An interactive map posted on the new website (http://nystateofhealth.ny.gov) lists the plans that will be offered in each county around the state.
In addition, NY State of Health debuted a new video to educate New Yorkers about the new marketplace.
This week, the State-sponsored report on how to reduce health disparities through the New York Health Benefit was released, outlining a myriad of recommendations culled from a stakeholder meeting held back in September.
These recommendations track three core themes discussed at the stakeholder meeting: 1) consumer assistance, 2) network adequacy, and 3) data collection. Recommendations are discussed in detail based on stakeholder comments, panel presentations and research models employed in other parts of the country. These include:
1. Consumer assistance:
- Language access and communication assistance
- Language accessibility guidelines for insurers
- Plain language
- Availability of decision-making support tools
- Sensetivity training for consumer assistors
- Creating Exchange website and materials that have an inclusive look and feel
- Diverse channels for consuemr outreach
- Selection of trusted community entities to serve as Navigators
2. Network adequacy:
- Sufficient number of specialists
- Sufficient providers for AI/AN communities
- Sufficient providers with accessibility accomodations
- Sufficient providers with linguistic ability
3. Data collection and dissemination
- Collection of data
- Dissemination of data
The report is available at the State Exchange website at: http://healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/resource/new-york-health-benefit-exchange-reducing-health-disparities
Yesterday, the NYS Exchange hosted a webinar briefing for members of the State’s Regional Advisory Committees. The webinar provides an update and timeline on the forthcoming health plan invitations to participate in the Exchange, and the Navigator program.
The presentation also includes a draft of the standard plan designs that will be offered on the Exchange for individual coverage so you can see the differences in the “precious metal” product tiers and cost-sharing associated with each.
Yes, it’s a a new year and that means its time for the HCFANY annual meeting! Join us on January 17, 2013 in Albany to celebrate our success over the past year and strategize how, together, we can work with New York State to develop a Health Insurance Exchange that will achieve our long-term goal of quality, affordable health care for all New Yorkers.
The meeting will take place in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Albany from 11 am – 3:30 pm (coffee and registration at 10:30 am). Our tentative agenda for the day includes:
- Advocacy goals for 2013 - What we need to accomplish next for New York
- Update on ACA implementation in New York (Exchange staff has been invited)
- Our annual “Advocate of the Year” Award
- How to talk about ACA implementation to policymakers, the media, and the public
- Upcoming workgroup sessions: Help us plan our 2013 activities