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Federal Health Care Reform

Federal Health Care Reform has brought many changes to New York’s health care programs with implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  This page features articles and resources authored by the Empire Justice Center related to topics such as changes in Medicaid eligibility, and proposals for structuring New York’s Health Insurance Marketplace (NY State of Health), through which New Yorkers can access both public health insurance and federal subsidies for private coverage.  We also encourage you to visit NYHealthAccess, a website co-sponsored by Empire Justice Center, the Legal Aid Society of New York City, and Selfhelp, Inc.  NYHealthAccess will provide you with additional materials related to Federal Health Care Reform.



Wins and Losses for Health Care in New York's Budget
Community Health Advocates gets a bump, helping New Yorkers cope with the uncertainty and fear that federal threats to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act have created, while a solution to the home health aide shortage remains elusive for upstate. Read More

2016 Outreach and Enrollment Summits
As the next health insurance open enrollment period approaches, Health Care for All New York (HCFNY) invites you to attend their annual enrollment summit. Read More

ALERT: Health Republic Closing it's Doors
If you have insurance through Health Republic, your insurance will end on November 30, 2015! Read More

Federal Health Care Reform: Articles


Ambassadors for Coverage Participating in over 70 events in NYS through New York State of Health & CVS Pharmacy Partnership
We are excited that NYSOH is partnering with CVS Pharmacy to provide outreach and education about the NYS Health Marketplace to hard to reach consumers. Read More

Report Presents “Immigrant Eligibility Crosswalk” and Urges Continued Advances in Immigrant Access to Health Care as NY Implements Insurance Exchange
Today, Empire Justice Center released a report that chronicles immigrant access to health care in New York and zeros in on significant advancements to come with the new State Health Insurance Exchange. Read More

Federal Health Care Reform: In the News


Empire Justice Comments on Strengthening Consumer Protections in the Affordable Care Act
Read our comments to HHS, which were submitted in conjunction with several state and national partners, on how reducing regulatory burdens is a thin disguise for reducing much-needed consumer protections. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the 2017 Health Budget Hearing
Empire Justice Center's testimony on Health and Medicaid before the joint legislative committee for the 2017-2018 New York State budget. Read More

Federal Health Care Reform: Policy Advocacy


New York’s Exchange Portal: A Gateway to Coverage for Immigrants
Health Insurance Exchanges have the potential to eliminate many existing barriers to health insurance coverage for low-income workers facing reductions in salaries and benefits. Immigrant families, whose incomes tend to be lower to begin with, have been particularly hard hit by escalating health care costs. National figures from 2010 indicate that 75% of workers in noncitizen families were in traditional blue collar jobs, as compared to 60% of workers from citizen families. The average median annual income for noncitizens was $25,000, roughly half the amount for citizen households. In New York, home to 4.3 million immigrants, noncitizens are over three times as likely as citizens to lack health insurance. Read More


Holes in the Safety Net: Access to Charity Care on Long Island
Our latest report finds that almost one-half of the 23 hospitals surveyed failed to provide family members of seriously ill, uninsured patients with the information they needed to get financial assistance in advance of medical emergencies. Read More



Policy Matters April 2012
Empire Justice Center’s newsletter focused solely on policy. This inaugural issue will focus on the recently passed state budget and how it will affect lower income New Yorkers, including people at risk of foreclosure, health care consumers, people with disabilities and those needing civil legal services. Read More

Legal Services Journal - Summer 2009 Issue
The Summer 2009 issue of the Legal Services Journal has a wide range of articles. With a highlight on Empire Justice Center's legislative outcomes and articles on Child Care, Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Disability Benefits, Domestic Violence, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Language Access and Public Benefits. Read More