Making Public Health Insurance Programs Work Better: Partnering with The New York State Department of Health To Reform Medicaid


New York Health Foundation

Funding Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage


April 1, 2011

Expanding Health Care Coverage

This NYHealth special report is part of an NYHealth 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.

The technical experts who performed these analyses resided outside NYSDOH and, in some cases, outside New York State. The initiative sought to provide program officials with practical, actionable, and timely information to enable wise programming and implementation decisions and policy changes. Further, NYHealth hoped that the authorization would create a partnership between the Foundation and the administrators of the Medicaid program, but wanted to avoid funding projects that were substitutes for what the State government should do, could do, or should fund with its own resources.

The seven grants funded under this initiative addressed a range of issues affecting New York State’s Medicaid program: