New York is a national leader in ensuring comprehensive, affordable health insurance for its residents—including providing public coverage to its most vulnerable. Even with recent gains, however, more than 1.1 million New Yorkers remain uninsured. Many more are underinsured, unable to afford high deductibles and copayments. Addressing the needs of the uninsured and underinsured is a critical challenge. UHF’s expertise and independence enable it to work with policymakers, build consensus, convene stakeholders, and conduct in-depth analysis to help tackle complex, urgent coverage and access questions—including how to maintain the state’s critical safety net and bolster the Medicaid program.

Current initiatives:
Children's Health Initiative 
Health Insurance Project
Innovation Strategies
Medicaid Institute

  • Sept. 20, 2021 | Sarah Scaffidi, MSc,  Matlin Gilman, MPH, MDiv,  Nathan Myers, MPP 
    Improving Nutrition and Infant Health Through WIC: Opportunities During and Beyond a Public Health Crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the historical barriers preventing many eligible families from receiving help from nutrition assistance programs. This issue brief explores why Medicaid plans and providers may wish to focus on food insecurity as a critical opportunity for improving infant health and reducing associated health costs.

  • Aug. 4, 2021 | Peter Newell 
    Extra Coverage Help Under the American Rescue Plan for New Yorkers Who Lost Jobs and Job-Based Insurance

    A HealthWatch brief examining the ways that the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act will help consumers afford premiums on lost employer-based coverage (COBRA), sharply reduce health costs for workers who received unemployment benefits in 2021, and protect taxpayers who underestimated their income in 2020 from having to repay premium tax credits that made coverage more affordable.

  • July 22, 2021 | Suzanne Brundage,  Chad Shearer,  Sarah Scaffidi,  Lee Partridge 
    Profiles in Integrated Family Care

    Profiles of five providers that work in very different settings but all are actively implementing elements of the “Integrated Family Care” model.