New York is ranked as the 18th healthiest state according to the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for New York, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
New York does not have a state risk pool. The state has guaranteed-issue meaning all citizens will be accepted at the same premium regardless of their health. Thus New Yorkers are lucky to have access to health insurance that is much better than a risk pool (which almost always charges a higher-than-the-going-rate because it is made up of uninsurable people).
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, New York started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about New York's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
New York health insurance programs — A comprehensive list of health insurance programs administered by the State of New York.
Medicaid in New York State — Works in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assist in providing quality medical care for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and limited resources.
New York State Child Health Plus — Health insurance plan for kids. Depending on your family’s income, your child may be eligible to join either Children’s Medicaid or Child Health Plus .
New York State Government Health Insurance Information — A long list of links to information published by the State of New York regarding health insurance and health care topics.
Community Service Society of New York — Committed to the goal of universal health coverage as the most fair and efficient method of achieving positive health outcomes for individuals and the greater community. In an effort to achieve this goal, CSS has launched a comprehensive campaign to provide access to affordable, quality health care coverage to the nearly 2.5 million New Yorkers [...]
New York State Health Foundation — An organization devoted to expanding health insurance coverage, increasing access to high-quality health care services, and improving public and community health. NYSHealth was established by the State of New York with charitable funds from the privatization of Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Health Care for All New York — The statewide Consumer Voices for Coverage project seeking to achieve a commitment to provide affordable and comprehensive health coverage to all New Yorkers by 2010. The project’s strategy is to develop a set of standards that puts all universal health coverage proposals through rigorous scrutiny, providing an easily digestible comparison scorecard for both consumers and [...]
Single Payer | Medicare-for-All in New York State — A statewide clearinghouse for all single payer/medicare-for-all initiatives and events throughout the state.
New York Metro Chapter of PNHP — Physicians for a National Health Program is a nonprofit organization of 14,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. This is the website of the NY Metro Chapter of PNHP.
Physicians for a National Health Program Capital District (NY) Chapter — Blog for the Capitol District chapter of the nationwide Physicians for a National Health Program.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in New York.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for New York -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in New York.
Why health care reform is important to New York -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in New York.
The Benefits of Health Reform In New York -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of New York.
New York mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for New York -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
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10/02/2012 4:10 PM
The Wall Street Journal — The Oxford EPO plan, the largest small-group plan in New York, will be the model for the state’s essential health benefits. Essential health benefits must be included in all plans sold on the exchange.
09/12/2012 5:09 PM
Times Union— Department of Health representatives meeting with regional advisors say the top two desires for the state’s health insurance exchange – the New York Health Benefit Exchange – are comprehensive benefits and affordable coverage. Of course, the more benefits covered, the more expensive plans offered on the exchange will be.
08/24/2012 10:08 PM
Democrat and Chronicle — New York received its largest grant to date from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support development of an affordable health insurance exchange. The funds are earmarked for hiring executive leadership, enhancing IT systems, building customer support functions and developing an outreach campaign.
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