Health Care Committee Update
February 13, 2013
Staff Contact: Lev Ginsburg
Today, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued a Request for Applications, entitled, “Consumer Assistance for the New York State Health Benefit Exchange: In Person Assistors and Navigators” (RFA). The purpose of the RFA is to solicit Applications from entities to participate in the New York Health Benefit Exchange (NYHBE) In Person Assistor (IPA)/Navigator Program. The IPA/Navigator Program (Program) will provide in person, culturally competent, linguistically appropriate and disability accessible health insurance application assistance. The Program is designed to reduce barriers in accessing insurance by providing in person assistance in community based locations frequented by target populations, at times that are convenient to potential Exchange enrollees (individuals, small businesses and small business employees), including evenings and weekends. Entities must meet the criteria in Sections II(A) of the RFA to be deemed eligible to submit an Application in response to the RFA.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the RFA, it has been posted and is available for download on the Department's public website here.
The Business Council is Presenting a webinar, “Small Business Update on Health Care Exchange Development in New York” on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
We willl be discussing the challenges of creating a Health Exchange in New York, and the progress we have seen so far. Items include:
- Obligations of large (50+ employees) employers and small employers under the federal law.
- New York's Health Exchange – development and progress.
- The future of the small business insurance market.
- What to expect and how to prepare for the future.