HWCLI’s 2019 Advocacy Priorities were identified through surveys completed by HWCLI’s network of non-profit agencies providing feedback. Thank you to all of you who participated. While this list is far from exhaustive, these are the priorities that network agencies most consistently prioritized for 2019. HWCLI looks forward to working with each of you as we put together action plans for each priority area.
Provide $40 million in funding to community based organizations across New York State to conduct Census outreach and education in communities. In order to maximize participation and avoid an undercount in 2020, the New York community-based organizations need funding to step up their outreach and education to ensure every New Yorker knows the importance of filling out the Census. Because of their earned trust and cultural and language competence, community groups are uniquely positioned to reach the hardest-to-count areas. They also can encourage the critical institutions they have strong relationships with, like hospitals and schools, to ensure more New Yorkers are included in the count.
The state should allocate $542 million to create a state-funded Essential Plan for anyone up to 200% of the federal poverty level, regardless of immigration status. This would include immigrants who will be losing their Temporary Protected Status and therefore their current health insurance eligibility, as well as other immigrants who are currently not eligible for insurance. Given potential changes to public charge regulations at the federal level, which will impact the number of immigrants enrolling in federally-funded benefit programs, the state should continue its commitment to ensuring that all immigrants are eligible for health insurance if their income is below 200% of the FPL.
The State has begun to implement specific requirements in Value Based Payment arrangements and has invested in regional planning efforts to encourage Community Based Organization collaboration and capacity to engage a value-based system. These efforts must be continued and enhanced to ensure success and eventually promote health equity in communities across the state. Provide $5 million dollars in Community Based Organization Implementation Grant Funding for each region across the state.
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