Toward Universal Coverage in New York State

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<p>The first comprehensive analysis of how New York State could implement universal health insurance coverage was released today. The analysis, <em><a href="/cnlib/pub/enews_clickthrough.htm?enews_item_id=25929&return_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecmwf%2Eorg%2Fpublications%2Fpublications%5Fshow%2Ehtm%3Fdoc%5Fid%3D434705%26%23doc434705">A Blueprint for Universal Health Insurance Coverage in New York,</a></em> projects the costs and benefits of several complementary and alternative strategies to create a more stable and affordable health insurance system.<br><br>The report is a joint project of the United Hospital Fund (UHF) and The Commonwealth Fund.<br><br>Written by UHF's Danielle Holahan and Elise Hubert and the Fund's Cathy Schoen, the report examines how nearly all 2.8 million uninsured New Yorkers could gain insurance coverage through such options as:<br><br><ul><li>simplification and expansion of public health programs;</li><li>employer assessments that provide incentives for firms to offer coverage directly and raise some of the revenues necessary to finance other expansions; and</li><li>a mandate for individuals to purchase coverage.</li></ul><br><br>"<em>The New York Blueprint</em> presents workable options, which call for a shared commitment from the state and federal governments, employers, and individuals," says Fund President Karen Davis. "By working together toward a common goal of ensuring coverage for all New Yorkers, we can take a major step toward achieving a truly high-performing health system, and can serve as a model for the country."<br><br>For more information, read the <a href="/cnlib/pub/enews_clickthrough.htm?enews_item_id=25929&return_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecmwf%2Eorg%2Fpublications%2Fpublications%5Fshow%2Ehtm%3Fdoc%5Fid%3D434705%26%23doc434705">full report and supporting technical materials.</a></p>