HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that New York's recent expansion of its Child and Family Health Plus programs are small steps in the state's ultimate goal of providing universal coverage to its residents. According to the newly released New York City Market Overview report, in addition to these program expansions, officials are also studying obstacles to health coverage in the state's existing system.

"Expansion of Child and Family Health Plus are baby steps toward the ultimate goal of providing universal coverage," states Renee Burnham, HealthLeaders-InterStudy market analyst and author of the report. "These government programs provide access to uninsured residents with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid."

Despite an August 2007 policy directive from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that restricts states' abilities to expand coverage under the State Children's Health Insurance Program, New York state officials continued with plans to enroll uninsured children in families with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level through the Child Health Plus program. Beginning in March 2008, state officials also extended the Family Health Plus program to uninsured workers whose employers are willing to pay 70 percent of the premium cost in an additional attempt to cover more state residents who do not have access to healthcare.

According to the report, in July 2007, the state health and insurance departments began studying obstacles to health coverage in the state's existing system and developing recommendations to bring affordable health coverage to all residents. With information from hearings held across the state, the state's health commissioner and insurance superintendent released an interim report in May 2008 to New York Gov. David Paterson that describes the progress made toward proposals for universal coverage. State health officials also awarded a contract to the Urban Institute to model various reform proposals and analyze the cost and coverage implications with results expected in the fall of 2008.

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