NYSHealth Coverage Consortium
The NYSHealth Coverage Consortium emerged as a leading new source of information and analysis on the issue of the uninsured. Consortium members work collaboratively to study health care coverage trends, assess coverage expansion proposals, and develop recommendations to expand public and private coverage in New York State. Its assessments include projections on costs, coverage, and consequences of each of the options, providing an invaluable asset for policymakers.
In 2008, more than 15 analytic products were produced by NYSHealth grantees. For example, Columbia University was the first to compare leading coverage expansion proposals on the basis of the number of people who would gain coverage; drop private coverage in favor of public options; and how each plan would increase statewide health care spending, including the cost to State government to finance expansions. Cornell University explored the opinions of New York State residents and employers on health care reform options. The United Hospital Fund modeled the effects of merging three segments of New York State’s commercial health insurance market: Direct Pay, Healthy New York, and Small Group. The Rockefeller Institute of Government assessed statewide strategies for improving private health insurance coverage to small groups and examined rating policies, group purchasing arrangements, premium subsidies, refundable credits, and reinsurance as strategies for increasing access to private health insurance.