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Federal Health Care Reform Implementation in New York State

What's New

  • 11/29/12: Meeting materials for 11/29/12 Exchange Regional Advisory Committee meeting are posted on the Regional Advisory Committee page.
  • 11/20/12: On November 20, 2012, New York submitted a Level 2 Exchange Establishment Grant application. Please see the Establishment Grant page for more information about this request.
  • 10/26/12: On October 26, 2012, New York successfully submitted its Blueprint application to HHS for approval to operate a state-based health benefit exchange. Open Health Benefit Exchange page for further information.
  • 11/14/12: Information about the November 29th Exchange Regional Advisory Committee meeting is available on the Regional Advisory Committee page.
  • 11/13/12: The video recordings from the November 7 and 8 Exchange Regional Advisory Committee webinars are available on the Regional Advisory Committee page.
  • 10/31/12: The next Health Benefit Exchange Regional Advisory Committee event is a webinar offered on November 7 and 8. Additional details, including registration information, are available on the Exchange Regional Advisory Committee page.

About This Website

In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which together make up the federal health care reform legislation.

This website includes descriptions of federal health care reform, how it will benefit New Yorkers, and the progress of implementation in the State. The website also includes information on how residents can obtain health insurance coverage and the public programs already in place in the State.

Also included on this website are timelines that describe when specific provisions of health care reform go into effect. Several reforms took effect in 2010, including a temporary pre-existing condition insurance plan for residents with medical conditions that are expensive to treat, an early retiree reinsurance program that will help offset the cost of providing health insurance to retirees age 55 and over who are not eligible for Medicare, and the mailing of rebate checks to Medicare Part D enrollees who reach the "donut hole" coverage gap.

In addition to these resources, the website also includes a list of questions and answers on health care reform and contact information residents can use to ask additional questions. Stakeholder groups are encouraged to share this website with their constituents as a valuable resource to understand federal health care reform and the implementation process in New York.