Expanding Health Care Coverage

Grantee Name

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc

Funding Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage

Publication Date

June 2011

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

September 1, 2007–October 3, 2008


Approximately 2.5 million New Yorkers lacked health insurance in 2007 according to estimates from the United Hospital Fund, a New York City-based health policy center.

In an attempt to offer solutions to this issue, the Center for Medical Progress at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc. issued a white paper entitled “Rx NY” that analyzed reform proposals under debate in New York and offered market-driven recommendations for reform. This white paper served as the background paper for two conferences convened by the Manhattan Institute. In the first of two grants from the New York Health Foundation’s Coverage Consortium initiative, the Manhattan Institute convened two conferences that featured health policy professionals who fostered debate and discussion about the role of market-based strategies in increasing access to coverage.

This project was part of a larger NYHealth Coverage Consortium that funded 10 grants to seven universities, policy institutes, and community agencies across the State, supporting projects that could inform State health reform efforts, offer ways to streamline enrollment in public programs, significantly reduce costs and improve quality, and test ideas for expanding coverage among small employers, sole proprietors, and self-employed people.


Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Held two conferences: “New York’s Uninsured: Looking Back and Moving Forward” in December 2007, and “Bridging the Gap: Affordable Health Care for New York’s Uninsured” in April 2008.
  • At the first conference, featured two panels, “New York’s Uninsured: A History of Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences” and “Public Sector Experiments, Mandates, Medicaid, and Markets”, and included Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the Peterson Institute for International Economics as the luncheon speaker.
  • At the second conference, featured two panels, “Revitalizing the Individual (Direct Pay) Insurance” and “Innovative Services in Health Care Markets”, and included Regina E. Herzlinger from Harvard University as the luncheon speaker.

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