Partnership for Coverage: Public Comment Invited on Modeling of Options for Expansion of Health Insurance Coverage for New Yorkers

Albany, NY (June 30, 2008) - New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., and Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo today invited public comments on instructions that will guide the modeling of proposals to expand health insurance coverage in New York State.

The Partnership for Coverage is a state initiative to develop a strategy for achieving affordable universal coverage in New York State. The 2007-2008 state budget authorized funding for a consultant to assist in the modeling of proposals for universal coverage.

In March the state finalized a contract with the Urban Institute to model proposals for health insurance coverage, which will provide quantitative analysis to anticipate the cost and coverage implications of various health reform approaches.

A complete copy of the instructions to the contractor to guide the modeling can be found at: http://www.partnership4coverage.ny.gov/reports/.

Written comments on the modeling instructions are invited and may be submitted to: partnership4coverage@health.state.ny.us. Individuals may also submit written comments to the New York State Insurance Department, Partnership for Coverage, Suite 1700, One Commerce Plaza, Albany, New York, 12257, or New York State Department of Health, Partnership for Coverage, Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, Room 2001, Albany, New York, 12237. Comments must be received by July 21, 2008.