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  • New York State Catholic Health Plan, Inc., d/b/a Fidelis Care New York Leveraging Coverage Through "Employer Partnerships For Family Health Plus" Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $99,820

    Fidelis Care is the business name for the New York State Catholic Health Plan, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) managed care organization for members who receive health insurance from  Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Family Health Plus Employer Buy-in, and some categories of Medicare. With a planning grant from the New York State Health Foundation’s “Expanding Coverage Options in the Small Group and Individual Market in New York State” program, Fidelis Care examined the feasibility of expanding the Family Health Plus Employer Buy-in program to employers outside of those belonging to the Section 1199 Benefit Fund.

    This grant was one of five organizations that received a planning grant from the 2008 NYSHealth request for proposals (RFP), “Expanding Coverage Options in the Small Group and Individual Market in New York State.” The RFP grew directly out of the Foundation’s desire to generate ideas for expanding health insurance options for small businesses and sole proprietors.

    Read an NYSHealth special report that contains a summary of findings from this RFP.

  • EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc. Ready, Set, Parent! Statewide Expansion Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $570,310

    Each year, tens of thousands of young, inexperienced new parents leave the hospital with their newborns without the knowledge and resources to provide proper care. In Buffalo, Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) had designed and implemented Ready, Set, Parent!, a comprehensive, research-based, award-winning parent education program that provides free supportive services to new parents within 48 hours of their children’s birth. With NYSHealth’s support, EPIC expanded this program to hospitals in three large urban areas of demonstrated high need while continuing service at the four largest birth hospitals in the Greater Buffalo Region. This initiative has allowed EPIC to advance advocacy activities currently being implemented on a local, statewide, and national stage to focus funding on parenting education as a critical component to early childhood learning and newborn health.

  • Small Business Majority Coverage Reform Options: Assessing the Impact on New York's Small Businesses Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $141,157

    Small businesses and sole proprietors employ more than half of New York State’s private labor force, but pay higher health insurance premiums than large firms. These higher premiums contribute to fewer small businesses offering health insurance to their employees. In New York State, three-quarters of the uninsured are workers or their dependents. These individuals typically work for small firms that do not offer health insurance, but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid or other public programs. With support from Blue Cross of California, Small Business Majority (SBM) analyzed the impact of emerging health care reform options on small businesses across the country and in California. In December 2008, NYSHealth awarded SBM a grant to build on this study by examining how specific policy options would affect small businesses in New York.

  • Dairylea Cooperative Increasing Health Insurance for New York's Agricultural Sector Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $318,750

    Individual farmers are among the 2.7 million New York State residents who lack health insurance. Agri-Services Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dairylea, provides health insurance to farmers and small businesses or sole proprietors. The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) extended a grant to Dairylea to intensify and broaden its outreach and marketing activities to increase health insurance enrollment among the dairy industry as well as other major sectors of the State’s agricultural community. The grant began during a financially stable time for farmers; however, in 2008–2009, a national dairy recession coupled with the national economic recession made it difficult for farmers to afford health insurance options and Dairylea was unable to make any substantial gains in new enrollees during the grant period. NYSHealth’s support did help offset enrollment losses during the dual recession and build Dairylea’s capacity to revisit its outreach and marketing efforts once the economic environment improved.

  • Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. Internal Evaluation Technical Assistance for NYSHealth Grantees: Phase 1 Priority Area: Other $253,635

    Many grantees, especially smaller, non-academic organizations, often lack evaluation experience but are required to submit evaluation plans to foundations that include outcome measures and monitoring activities. Based on the final reports from its early grantees, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) concluded that grantees would benefit from formal technical assistance in the area of evaluation. Specifically, staff members felt that grantees would benefit from learning how to create a program logic model; develop a related set of process and outcome measures; and collect and analyze the necessary data. NYSHealth awarded a grant to the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) to implement this technical assistance to Foundation grantees. This grant was awarded in two phases.

  • Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center of Allegany County Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $116,446

    Under an earlier grant from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), Southern Tier Health Care System opened the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center (STCAC) in Cattaraugus County, which helps children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse from both Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Soon after services were under way, the STCAC discovered that a majority of abuse cases from Allegany County (80 %) were not brought to the STCAC because of the long distance from some parts of Allegany County to the STCAC. The STCAC quickly adopted the goal of better serving children who experience abuse in Allegany County by establishing a satellite STCAC for the County, which would be approved by the Office of Child and Family Services and accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. The Southern Tier Health Care System received a second grant from NYSHealth to support this initiative.

  • Northern New York Rural Behavioral Health Institute HealthNet: Mental Health Services for North Country Elders Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $263,926

    National data suggest that 20% of older Americans—33% in rural areas—suffer from depression, anxiety, or both; approximately 12% report alcohol misuse, and the suicide rate of elders is the highest amongst all age groups. Rural elders have much lower rates of health and mental health service use than older adults elsewhere. The North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network (NCBHN), established in 1997, comprises 20 nonprofit community-based behavioral health care providers delivering services in six rural counties in the northernmost reaches of New York State. In 2008, NYSHealth awarded NCBHN a grant to support the HealthNet: Mental Health Services for North Country Elders project, which served older residents in the sparsely populated Central North Country area of New York State, including the St. Regis Mohawk reservation.

  • The Floating Hospital, Inc. Expanding Primary Care Access in Long Island City Priority Area: Special Projects Fund Priority Area: Advancing Primary Care $213,950

    In 2003, 20% of Long Island City residents lived below the poverty line and 26% qualified for Medicaid; today, a large concentration of Long Island City residents live in two low-income public housing developments: Queensbridge Houses and Ravenswood Houses, with Queensbridge Houses being the largest public housing project in the United States. Together, these complexes house a total of 11,500 residents. Because this neighborhood has been designated a Medically Underserved Area and a Health Professional Shortage Area by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2009 the Floating Hospital (TFH) was awarded a grant from NYSHealth to expand primary care services for Long Island City residents, with a focus on understanding the unique needs of the public housing project population.

  • The Nassau Health Care Corporation NuCare: Coordinated Care for the Medically Underserved Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $236,133

    Of Nassau County’s thousands of medically underserved residents, 60,000 live in poverty. The Nassau Health Care Corporation (NHHC) is the region’s primary safety net provider and provider of care to patients who are covered by Medicaid or uninsured. Among other health care resources, it operates the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), a 631-bed tertiary care teaching hospital and six community health diagnostic and treatment centers.

  • Hartwick College Strengthening the Rural Nursing Workforce Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $83,030

    Hartwick College’s baccalaureate nursing program is one of only two nursing education programs in the seven-county Central Leatherstocking region of upstate New York, an area with a population of 700,000. A severe nursing shortage exists in this region; however, enrollment in Hartwick’s nursing program has grown from 88 students in 2003 to 187 in 2007.

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