The ACA is working for women, especially in states like NY, study finds

Posted August, 17 2017 by Taylor Frazier

Guest post by Ann Danforth, Progressive States Advocacy and Policy Manager at Raising Women’s Voices-NY. A recent analysis by the Commonwealth Fund confirms what many women already know — the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically improved our rates of health coverage and our access to care. The Commonwealth Fund used data from its biennial health […]

Prior Approval Will Save New Yorkers an Estimated $225 Million in 2018

Posted August, 16 2017 by Amanda Dunker

The results of New York’s prior approval process for health insurance rates are in, and again it’s good news for consumers. The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) reduced the requested rates by 3.8 percent for individual plans and 2.4 percent for small business plans. Insurers had requested increases of 17.7 and 11.7 […]

Investing in Children When It Matters Most: The First 1000 Days on Medicaid

Posted August, 11 2017 by Taylor Frazier

Guest post by Ben Anderson, Director of Health Policy at Children’s Defense Fund-New York. The New York State Department of Health (SDOH) is embarking on a “First 1000 Days on Medicaid” initiative that aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from across sectors that touch the lives of young children. The stakeholders include […]

Big Rebates Mean the State Should Limit Premiums for 2018

Posted August, 10 2017 by Amanda Dunker

New York’s insurance companies pay more in rebates than insurers in other states, according to new data analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In New York, insurers are required to spend at least 82 percent of the money they collect from customers on medical care. This is called the medical loss ratio (“medical loss” is […]