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Continuing Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Scarcity in New York

June 1, 2021

Food insecurity is a secondary crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the onset of the pandemic, millions of New Yorkers have lost employment or are living on a reduced household income, straining their ability to afford food. For many New Yorkers, savings are depleted, stimulus checks have long since been spent, and enhanced unemployment benefits are not sufficient to meet food needs. Furthermore, social distancing measures have disrupted previous pathways to food access, such as meals provided in community settings (e.g., houses of worship) or schools.This report reviews self-reported survey data related to food scarcity in New York State during the coronavirus pandemic. It presents food scarcity rates by race and ethnicity, age, and household income, and compares New York State with neighboring states. Rates are also shown for child food scarcity. It assesses how frequently New Yorkers are accessing free meals and groceries and from which access points (e.g., school programs, food pantries). Finally, it measures which methods food-scarce New Yorkers are using to meet their household spending needs. Unless otherwise specified, results in this report are among adult New Yorkers.Data from this report come from the COVID-19 Household Pulse Survey, an experimental data product designed by the U.S. Census Bureau in collaboration with multiple federal agencies. The survey, which is ongoing, is providing near real-time data on household experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Prior NYSHealth reports described trends related to food scarcity through July 2020 and through December 2020. This most recent report extends the analysis through March 2021, covering a full year since social distancing and stay-at-home orders were enacted.

Veterans Treatment Courts in New York State: Progress and a Roadmap for Growth

November 1, 2017

This NYSHealth-produced policy brief examines the progress of Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) in New York State and lays out a roadmap for expanding VTCs across the State and nationally.

New York Veterans’ Health Insurance Coverage under the Affordable Care Act and Implications of Repeal and Replace

October 18, 2017

A new NYSHealth data brief, based on a report by the RAND Corporation, examines the New York-specific impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—and potential effects of its repeal—on veterans' health care and insurance coverage.

Project ECHO Evaluation 101: A practical guide for evaluating your program

April 1, 2017

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative medical education model that aims to build workforce capacity in rural and underserved areas. Developed by clinicians at the University of New Mexico (UNM), the ECHO model is now being used to address health care shortages all over the world and across diseases and specialties—ranging from autism care for children to palliative care for older adults. With a particular focus on supporting groups with relatively limited evaluation resources, this resource describes evaluation methods that can be used to examine the implementation, outcomes, and value of Project ECHO clinics that aim to address a wide range of challenges related to health care access, delivery, treatment, and prevention, particularly in underserved communities.

Why are Hospital Prices Different? An Examination of New York Hospital Reimbursement

December 1, 2016

In New York State, health care spending has steadily increased over the past 25 years, and is expected to continue increasing through 2020; this spending growth has translated directly to increases in health insurance premiums that can make health care unaffordable for consumers and adversely affect wages, employment, and economic growth. As policymakers work to ensure that the health care market functions in a way that maintains access to health care for New Yorkers and supports a competitive market for the industry, they may benefit from a better understanding of the various factors that influence these health care costs. To help inform policymakers and other stakeholders in New York, this study offers an in-depth examination of hospital contracting practices, reimbursement methodologies, and hospital prices in New York. Using information collected from private commercial health insurers and other sources, the study sheds light on how prices vary across hospitals and highlights certain practices that can inhibit healthy market competition. The report also suggests approaches to addressing some of these market dysfunctions. As the first study of its kind in New York, it introduces a range of opportunities for assisting policymakers and other stakeholders in understanding health care costs and developing strategies to slow cost growth.

Research Brief: A Collaborative Approach to Behavioral Health Care for Veterans and Their Families

January 1, 2016

This NYSHealth-supported study, conducted by the RAND Corporation, examined the viability of a public-private partnership in providing coordinated care in behavioral health services for veterans and their families. RAND evaluated the center's activities to document the implementation of a unique public-private collaborative approach for providing care to veterans and their families. The evaluation focused on documenting the structures of care (the capacities and resources that the center developed and employed) and the processes of care (the services delivered), and also outcomes of care. The evaluation suggests that, overall, the model has been successfully implemented by the UBHC and has great potential to be helpful to the veterans and families it serves.

Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Basic Health Insurance Option for New York

June 30, 2011

Explores New York state's options, costs, and benefits of creating a basic health plan under health reform, including available federal funding, take-up rates by various population groups, types of plans, and impact on state exchange and uninsured rates.

A Needs Assessment of New York State Veterans

January 25, 2011

Provides quantitative and qualitative assessments of services Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families need and a resources guide. Calls for broader coordination of care beyond the VA, better outreach, and multi-pronged approach to mental health.

Decade of Decline: A Survey of Employer Health Insurance Coverage in New York State

November 16, 2010

Presents findings from a survey of New York-based firms on trends in employer-sponsored coverage during the recession, including offer rates, eligibility, take-up, and coverage rates; premiums; employer and employee costs; and support for reform measures.

The Deteriorating Financial Health of New York State's Health Centers

March 9, 2009

Summarizes findings on the breadth and depth of financial distress in 2001-07 in the health center sector. Highlights low levels of solvency, cash flow, and payments; discusses implications for primary care for the underserved; and makes recommendations.

Reducing Enrollee Churning in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus

February 26, 2009

Examines the reasons a high percentage of beneficiaries of the state's public health insurance programs do not complete the annual recertification process and the consequences of their loss of coverage. Suggests improvements for simplifying the process.

Analysis of Five Health Insurance Options for New York State

January 16, 2009

Estimates the increase in coverage, private insurance crowd-out, net cost, and change in overall health spending of five options for expanding health insurance, including a single-payer program, "building block" proposals, and a market-oriented option.