Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
Expanding Health Care Coverage
November 2007 – October 2008DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT
Although New York State has a relatively broad set of health insurance coverage options available to its residents below certain income levels, the public has trouble understanding their eligibility for these programs.
Additionally, health care providers, State and county staff, and other stakeholders often have difficulty navigating who is eligible for what. To address this issue, the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP) asked NYSHealth to engage the Center for Children and Families (CCF) at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute to determine which changes to State law would be possible under Federal law to simplify coverage options and improve program participation rates. CCF then conducted a study to review the New York State Medicaid program’s multiple and overlapping eligibility categories and recommended options for OHIP to collapse and simplify those categories.
This project was part of a larger NYSHealth authorization that funded a series of quick-strike analyses to help the New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH’s) Office of Health Insurance Programs find ways to streamline and expand its public health insurance programs.
Read an NYSHealth special report that contains a summary of findings from this authorization.