Health Care

Working Families and Economic Security in New York: How Effectively Do Work Supports Bridge the Gaps?

June 11, 2008. Thirty percent of New Yorkers in working families can't cover basic needs with their wages. This report analyzes the effectiveness of "work support programs" (such as food stamps, Child Health Plus and the Earned Income Tax Credit) in bridging the hardship gap experienced by 5.7 million New Yorkers - that is, the gap between family wages and a basic family budget standard. Work supports make a difference, but more must be done. Press release, full report.

Extending the State Fiscal Relief Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

June 8, 2010. The federal government's failure to extend its increased share of state Medicaid costs would leave New York with an additional $1.06 billion in state budget cuts - on top of the cuts already on the table as part of Governor Paterson's 2010-2011 gap closing plan. In this analysis, FPI calculates that if the state decided to fill the additional $1 billion dollar gap through workforce reductions, the number of layoffs would be in the 15,000-16,000 range. Another alternative, reductions to Medicaid reimbursement [...]

Fed Directive Threatens to Cut Funds for New York Children’s Health Coverag

May 6, 2008. A report from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University shows that the Bush administration bypassed Congress to issue a directive that will cut children's health insurance funding in New York - at a time when residents and taxpayers can ill afford it. Report co-released by FPI, New York Children's Action Network and Medicaid Matters New York. Press release >>

How to Reduce the Pressure on the Property Tax and Ease the Fiscal Burden on Struggling Local Governments

January 10, 2007. The four-part plan supported by FPI: implement a statewide solution to CFE; increase state's share of Medicaid and base counties' shares on ability to pay; restore commitment to revenue sharing; and eliminate the significant disparities in the STAR program. Prepared for the Center on Governmental Research conference on reforming property taxes in New York.

New York Makes Real Progress on Health Care Coverage

September 27, 2006. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ presents data showing that the portion of the state population without health insurance has fallen from 16.3% in 2000 to 13.5% in 2005. Nevertheless, there are still 2.6 million people in the state who have no health insurance. The share of private sector employees covered by health insurance continued to fall while the portion of the population covered by government programs in New York rose from 27% to 31%. Press release below. Two national reports were also [...]

Poverty in New York Fails to Decline Despite Four Years of Economic “Growth”

August 29, 2006. New data suggests the need to reinvigorate efforts to combat poverty: FPI's analysis of the new poverty, income and health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Press release with supporting tables >>

Expand Programs Used to Determine Telephone Lifeline Eligibility

February 19, 2002.  Testimony of Trudi Renwick in  Proceeding on Motion of the Commission To Consider Cost Recovery by Verizon and to  Investigate the Future Regulatory Framework, Case 00-C-1945. This testimony focuses on a proposal to expand programs used to determine telephone lifeline eligibility to include EITC, school lunch and Child Health Plus.

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