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WAMC: Northeast Public Radio
January 28, 2016
A new study finds that New York has made significant progress in getting Hispanic children enrolled for health insurance.
The paper released earlier this month by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza, a civil rights and advocacy group for Hispanic Americans, shows New York leading other states when it comes down to lowering the uninsured rates. Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, director of health policy for Children's Defense Fund-New York, cites several reasons why New York has been so successful. "One is state financing that allows for insurance coverage for all children up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, as well as all children, regardless of immigration status. The second is an administrative mechanism for seamless transition between public health insurance programs on the marketplace, namely Medicaid and CHIP, and this would be to avoid children turning off of coverage if a family's income level changes within a given year. And then, in addition to those policies, we have a key or critical infrastructure, that is community-based enrollment.”
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