Mark your calendars, folks!

Martine Apodaca, HCFANY Annual Meeting

Martine Apodaca of Enroll America presenting at the HCFANY Spring Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came to HCFANY Annual Spring Meeting in Albany – it was a great success and we ended up with a pretty awesome turnout.

Many attendees have been asking for copies of the presentations and materials we had available at the meeting, so we are posting them up here for anyone who is interested.  Here is a quick recap:

  • Sherry Tomasky, Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the New York State Health Benefit Exchange presented an update on implementation of the NYS Health Benefit Exchange including an overview of the State’s outreach and marketing plan.  You can view Sherry’s presentation by clicking here.
  • Martine Apodaca, Director of the Public Education Campaign for Enroll America presented a profile of the uninsured in New York and their findings on messaging around the new health insurance options based on a national survey.  You can view Martine’s presentation by clicking here.

HCFANY’s Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force, LGBT Task Force and Children, Youth and Families Task Force held afternoon break-out sessions to update folks on what has been going on during the legislative session and new issues that have arisen during the ACA implementation process.

In addition, we had the following publications available:

Mark HannayKudos to everyone able to make the trek up to Albany yesterday during the depths of a particularly nasty flu season – we actually had a great turnout!

Fellow HCFANY-ers and guests got a chance to go over and discuss our advocacy agenda for this yeat, which centers around implementation of consumer-friendly Exchange and strategies to fill in the gaps in affordable coverage.  In particular, we aim to focus on the following 5 things:

  • A robust public engagement campaign
  • The creation of a basic health plan
  • Merging the individual and small group markets
  • Extending Child Health Plus to adults, and
  • Promoting health equity,

Members of the HCFANY Steering Committee break it down for us

You can read more about HCFANY’s advocacy agenda by clicking here.

Danielle Holahan, Deputy Director of the NYS Exchange, also gave a brief update on what’s happening with the Exchange.  You can see her presentation by clicking here.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more specific details on our advocacy agenda items!


Summer may be immenint, but for now Spring is still in the air…and that means that it is time for:

 HCFANY’s annual Statewide Spring Meeting 

Friday, June 8th

at SEIU 1199

155 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY

 11:00 AM – 3:45 PM

(Coffee and Registration at 10:30 AM)

Click here to RSVP!

Come find out what’s happening with health reform in New York and at the federal level, and find out what HCFANY will be working on in the coming months.

Joining us will be special guest speaker Troy Oechsner of the Department of Financial Services, who will be providing us with an update on what the state is doing to implement the NYS Health Insurance Exchange.

Agenda topics will include:

  • New York’s Health Insurance Exchange and Executive Order
  • ACA implementation issues in New York
  • Getting ready for the Supreme Court ruling on the ACA
  • HCFANY’s new “Listening Tour” campaign on health reform in NY
  • Reports from HCFANY Task Forces:
    • Health Disparities
    • Children, Youth, and Families
    • LGBT

We sure hope you can make it!


Alright kids, it’s that time of the year again! The weather is getting colder and state politics are heating up – all clear indications that HCFANY’s annual statewide meeting is just around the bend.

So, get out your datebooks or your newfangled iCalendars or whatnot and pencil in the following info:

HCFANY Annual Meeting

December 13, 2011

January 5, 2012

11 am – 4 pm

Westminster Presb. Church

85 Chestnut Street Entrance

 Albany, NY

That will suffice for the moment while HCFANY’s Organizing Commitee  continues to hash out the details and finalize the agenda.

It’s been a busy summer, and next session is shaping up to be a doozy! Come hear what HCFANY has been up to, what we’ve got in store for you in the coming months, and how you can get involved.  We just can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces again!

Not a member of HCFANY yet? That’s okay! Come sit in on the meeting and see what we’re all about.  Like to be ahead of the game? You can RSVP now for the meeting too, if you’d like.

Click here to RSVP for HCFANY’s Annual Meeting on December 13th in Albany.

Otherwise, stay tuned for more details!

[P.S. – here is a Google map of the location, in case anybody needs it]