Expanding Health Care Coverage


Judith Wooldridge

Funding Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage


May 13, 2013


Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth), in partnership with numerous grantees and allies, has made it a key priority to help New York State prepare for effective implementation of health reform. But have NYHealth’s investments made a difference?

To get a sense of the impact of its efforts in this area, the Foundation engaged an independent consultant to interview key stakeholders throughout the State and assess their perceptions of this body of work. The report focuses on seven Foundation-supported efforts related to the Health Benefit Exchange, Navigator and Consumer Assistance Programs, the Basic Health Plan option, risk adjustment, the development of a website design for the Exchange, an analysis of the gaps in New York’s Health Information Technology systems related to Medicaid eligibility and enrollment, and the development of a “Roadmap” that reviewed provisions of the ACA as they affect New York State.

The stakeholders interviewed generally believed that NYHealth has made important contributions to the implementation of health reform in New York and that the Foundation and its grantees developed timely and useful materials and meetings. Stakeholders’ perceptions of the Foundation’s grantmaking to advocacy organizations to conduct analytic work were more mixed.