Governor Establishes Cabinet to Implement Federal Health Care Reform
Governor Paterson established a Governor’s Health Care Reform Cabinet to manage the implementation of federal health care reform in New York State. The Cabinet will advise and make recommendations to the Governor on all aspects of federal health care reform and strategic planning to guide the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010. The Cabinet will be chaired by the Director of State Operations with the Deputy Secretary for Health, Medicaid and Oversight and the Deputy Secretary for Labor and Financial Regulation serving as vice-chairs.
The Health Care Reform Cabinet is charged with:
- identifying deadlines for the completion of interim or final steps necessary or desired to comply with the provisions of federal health care reform;
- identifying those provisions of federal health care reform with which the State must comply and those that are optional, and evaluating whether participation in optional programs is appropriate;
- assessing the state’s capacity to carry out those provisions of federal health care reform that affect or potentially affect the state;
- identifying any changes needed to state statute, regulation, policy or procedure in order to implement such provisions and facilitating the achievement of such changes as necessary;
- communicating with the federal government, local governments, other states, health care providers, and other stakeholders as advisable or necessary; and
- providing for outreach to the public to educate them on the implementation of reforms as necessary.
State agencies will be represented in the Cabinet, and the Governor will name an external advisory group to assist and advise the Cabinet on reform provisions and ensure stakeholder and public engagement. The advisory group will include organizations representing health care providers, consumers, businesses, organized labor, local governments, and health plans and health insurers, as well as health policy experts. Contact: Nicholas Henley