November 30th, 2012
GrantWatch Blog invited this staffer from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to report on two community forums it held earlier this month in Buffalo and Syracuse.
With the presidential election over and major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going into effect just about a year from now, what does the future hold for Medicaid and Medicare?
More than 200 health care professionals wanted to know. “The Road Ahead for New York,” events hosted by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York on November 13 and 14, brought New York State Medicaid Director Jason A. Helgerson and Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker to Buffalo and Syracuse to share information with both audiences on the current state of Medicaid and Medicare, upcoming changes to the two programs, and how these changes will affect attendees at the events, their organizations, and the people they serve.
The Health Foundation has a history of hosting community speaker events to help communities plan for their future health and health care. These events are designed to provide members of the community with the most up-to-date, accurate information about what’s going on in their region, as well as to spark a discussion about new ways to think about the challenges they’re facing in health and health care in their own backyards. Growing in popularity, these events can be used as a model by other foundations to build health capacity in their communities, we believe.
New York’s Medicaid program spends the most in the nation—$54 billion each year to cover approximately 4.89 million people. However, state spending has not translated into high-quality care; the state’s health system ranks twenty-first overall in the nation and ranks the lowest of all states in avoidable hospital use.
To fundamentally reshape the program, a Medicaid Redesign Team, which included Health Foundation President Ann F. Monroe, was appointed by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Through the team’s work, which happened in two phases, it has created a national model for health care delivery. Read the rest of this entry »