New York Receives $95 Million Toward Exchange Implementation
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that eight states, including New York, received new grants to help support the establishment of an insurance exchange. New York received an additional $95 million to further operationalize the exchange; further enhance the information technology systems needed to operate the exchange; continue activities around the establishment of New York’s All Payer Claims Database; develop the back-end operations of the exchange call center and overall strategy to provide customer support and other consumer assistance activities; and begin researching a campaign to educate enrollees in preparation for open enrollment in October 2013.
To date, New York has received five grants totaling $182 million toward the planning and establishment of its exchange.
The exchange, which was established by executive order in April, will facilitate and enroll eligible individuals in health coverage and enable individuals to receive premium tax credits toward the purchase of health insurance. HHS will certify New York’s exchange operability by January 1, 2013 and the exchange will make qualified health and dental plans available to individuals and employers beginning on or before January 1, 2014. Contact: Cara Henley