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2019 Shaping Up as a Watershed Year for New York’s Individual Market as Federal Challenges and Uncertainty Continue

Publication Date: 10.08.2018
Author: Peter Newell and Mandy Miller

An update on New York's progress in bolstering its individual health insurance market in the face of federal challenges to the ACA.

Blueprint, Summer 2018

Publication Date: 07.31.2018

Our cover story looks at the critical importance of health insurance coverage and access to care—and UHF’s role in supporting major advances and analyzing impending threats in New York State; Tony Shih considers whether asking if health care is improving is really the right question; Partnerships for Early Childhood Development moves on to improving referral and feedback processes for connecting at-risk children and families with needed services; UHF initiatives analyze and target antibiotic misprescribing and a host of other quality improvement challenges; a new report posits “shared services” as a way to help small primary care practices become medical homes; and much more.

The Other Shoe Drops: Federal Association Health Plan Regulation Is Next Threat to Coverage in New York

Publication Date: 06.08.2018
Author: Peter Newell

An examination of a proposed rule on association health plans, and how the regulation could destabilize New York's individual and small group markets.

Annual Report 2017: Coverage and Access

Publication Date: 02.14.2018

A Look Back—and Ahead: UHF’s Annual Report

Publication Date: 02.14.2018

UHF’s latest annual report highlights our work over the past year to build a more effective health care system for all New Yorkers.

New York’s Small Group Market Isn’t Feeling Well—and a Trump Administration Proposal May Make Things Worse

Publication Date: 12.07.2017
Author: Peter Newell

Analyzing the difficulties New York's small group insurance market faces in light of federal changes.

Blueprint, Fall-Winter 2017

Publication Date: 12.07.2017

UHF President Tony Shih discusses our newly articulated core values; our pioneering work to better serve elderly New Yorkers gains a broader audience; progress in our Partnerships for Early Childhood Development; and more...

As 2018 Open Enrollment Begins, Trump Administration Adds New Challenges for New York’s Individual Market

Publication Date: 10.31.2017
Author: Peter Newell

Preliminary analysis of how New York would be affected by recent Trump administration actions on the Affordable Care Act, particularly the halt in cost-sharing reduction payments owed to health plans.

HealthWatch: Child Health Plus Enrollment

Publication Date: 09.28.2017
Author: Lee Partridge and Misha Sharp

Enrollment in New York State’s Child Health Plus (CHP) program grew in every county of the state between 2016 and 2017, and 17% statewide. Current discussion of funding the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program will have major implications for New York’s CHP.

Blueprint, Summer 2017

Publication Date: 08.01.2017

An introduction to incoming UHF President Tony Shih, tributes to retiring UHF President Jim Tallon, Jim’s look back at the major trends in health care during his tenure, and more.

Under Pressure: Prescription Drug Spending Trends in New York’s Medicaid Program and Small Group Market

Publication Date: 06.30.2017
Author: Peter Newell and Steven R. Hefter

This issue brief analyzes recent growth in spending for prescription drugs by health plans in New York State—and the implications of that growth for policymakers and consumers.

Rewind: New York State Faces Familiar Issues and New Challenges in the “Repeal and Replace” Era

Publication Date: 06.08.2017
Author: Peter Newell

Key provisions in the American Health Care Act—part of the plan by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—would undermine many of New York State’s recent gains in coverage and market stability, and have financial and affordability effects particular to New York, a new UHF report finds.

Networks at the Nexus: Revisiting New York State’s Provider Network Standards and Protections

Publication Date: 05.23.2017
Author: Peter Newell

A health insurance brief examining consumer protections and network adequacy standards in New York and recommending a series of steps the State could take to ensure transparency and access on this issue of critical importance to health insurance consumers.

Building a More Effective Health Care System for Every New Yorker

Publication Date: 12.07.2016

This year’s annual report focuses on how UHF’s initiatives are addressing the challenges of a changing health care landscape and having a real impact on the quality, accessibility, affordability, and patient experience of health care.

The Big Picture VI: New York’s Private and Public Insurance Markets

Publication Date: 10.18.2016
Author: Peter Newell, Allan Baumgarten, and Nikhita Thaper

An overview of New York’s insurance markets, analyzing enrollment and financial data across health plans and lines of business to create a comprehensive snapshot of the markets since implementation of the ACA.

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