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Health System Reform in a Budget Crunch


The impact that New York State’s budget problems will have on the state’s health care system was the focus of a Public Policy Forum sponsored by the Institute’s New York State Health Policy Research Center.
December 9, 2008

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The Economic Imperative
Joe Baker, Deputy Secretary to the Governor
Video Excerpts   [YouTube]

The Reform Imperative – Planning for a High-Performance Health Care System
Dr. Richard F. Daines (left), New York State Commissioner of Health
Video Excerpts: Part 1 Part 2   [YouTube]

Integrating and Operationalizing Both Imperatives
Deborach Bachrach, Deputy Commissioner of Health and Medicaid Director
Presentation   [PDF] Video Excerpts   [YouTube]

Ideas for Generating and Sustaining Finance for Health Coverage Initiatives in NYS


Seven experts from diverse backgrounds spoke at an Institute forum, discussing a variety of potential approaches to the expansion of health care coverage in New York State. They included David Sandman, senior vice president of the New York State Health Foundation; John Rodat, commissioner, Department of Management & Budget, Albany County; Elisabeth Benjamin, director, Healthcare Restructuring Initiatives, Community Service Society of New York; Raymond Sweeney, executive vice president, Healthcare Association of New York State; Sean Doolan, counsel, New York Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans; Charles Brecher, research director, Citizens Budget Commission; and Paul Sorum, MD, chairman, Capital District Chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program.
December 5, 2008

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Presentation by Elisabeth Benjamin   [PDF]
Presentation by Paul Sorum   [PDF]

New York State’s Institution-Centered System for the Provision of Health Care

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New York State has set a policy goal of moving money away from what has been characterized as an “institution-centered” system, towards a “patient-centered” system. As this policy brief demonstrates, New York differs from other states in terms of where people receive health care and how much it costs. Compared to other states, New Yorkers, and particularly those enrolled in publicly funded health insurance programs like Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus receive more care more often in institutional settings.
Courtney Burke, May 2007

Transforming Medicaid: The Key to Health Care Reform

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A Public Policy Forum featuring New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. January 29, 2008

Restructuring New York State’s Health Care System

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A Public Policy Forum featuring Stephen Berger, Chairman, Odyssey Investment Partners (OIP), LLC and Chair of the New York State Commission on Health Care Facililties in the 21st Century. October 24, 2007

Achieving Universal Health Care Coverage in New York: Lessons from Maine and Massachusetts

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A Public Policy Forum with Celia Wcislo, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Board Member and Assistant Director, 1199 Massachusetts Division; Elizabeth Kilbreth, Associate Professor, Institute for Health Policy, University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service; Reactors: Deborah Bachrach, Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Health; Jane Preston, Chief of Staff to the Senate Health Committee; Bryan O’Malley, Legislative Assistant for Assembly Health Chair Richard N. Gottfried; and Moderator: James Knickman, President and CEO, New York State Health Foundation. Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Choices and Challenges in New York’s Health Insurance Market: Views from Health Plan, Business and Labor Leaders as Universal Coverage Discussions Begin

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A Public Policy Forum with Jaqueline Martinez, Senior Program Director, New York State Health Foundation; David H. Klein, CEO, Excellus; William J. Cromie, MD, President/CEO, CDPHP; David J. Uba, Vice President, Strategic Planning, HealthNow New York, Inc.; Michael W. Cropp, President and CEO, Independent Health; Denise V. Gonick, Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs, MVP Healthcare; John A. D’Ambrosio, Ed.D., President, Orange County Chamber of Commerce; Steve A. McCormick, Plant Manager, Anheuser-Busch; Ted Potrikus, Vice President/Director of Government Relations, Retail Council of New York State; Mike Fishman, President, SEIU Building Service Local 32BJ; Troy Oechsner, Deputy Superintendent for Health, New York State Insurance Department; Kathleen Shure, Director, Division of Managed Care and Program Evaluation, New York State Department of Health; and Moderator Jim Tallon, President, United Hospital Fund. September 28, 2007

Health Savings Accounts: Are They a Good Idea?

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A Public Policy Forum with Peter D. Salins, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, State University of New York, and James W. Fossett, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Public Health, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany. May 10, 2006

Administrative Responsiveness to the Disadvantaged: The Case of Children's Health Insurance

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This study focuses on two means-tested programs in the context of American federalism, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
James Fossett and Frank J. Thompson, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, September 2005.