Expanding Health Care Coverage


Manatt Health Solutions

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Expanding Health Care Coverage


August 1, 2010


This NYHealth-funded report, prepared by Manatt Health Solutions and NYHealth Visiting Fellow Deborah Bachrach, analyzes the key provisions of the Federal reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It finds that Federal health reform could expand health care coverage for an estimated 1.2 million people in New York State who are currently uninsured.

It also projects the unique implications that each provision of the law holds for New York, and identifies the tasks and hurdles that State government and other stakeholders must confront when implementing reform.

The report concludes that health care reform will require an overhaul of the State’s existing regulatory and delivery infrastructure. Some of New York’s existing regulations will have to be repealed; new health and insurance guidelines will have to be drawn up and issued; and significant new infrastructure and administrative systems will have to be created. Specific tasks that the State government and other stakeholders must undertake include creating exchange(s), expanding access to care, and reforming the payment and delivery system.

View an implementation timeline for this report.