Continuing with the theme of how the Health Care Law is making a difference:
Creating New Coverage Options for Individuals with Pre-existing Conditions – as of August 2012, 4,134 previously uninsured residents of New York who were locked out of the coverage system because of a pre-existing condition are now insured through a new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that was created under the new health reform law.
Supporting New York’s work on Affordable Insurance Exchanges – New York has received $183,177,639 in grants for research, planning, information technology development, and implementation of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges.
*$1,000,000 in Planning Grants – This grant provides New York the resources needed to conduct the research and planning necessary to build a better health insurance marketplace and determine how its exchange will be operated and governed.
*$27,431,432 in Early Innovator Grants – These grants are being used to help a group of “Early Innovator” states design and implement the information technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Using these funds, the Early Innovator states will develop exchange IT models that can be adopted and tailored by other states.
*$154,746,207 in Exchange Establishment Grants – These grants are helping States continue their work to implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Preventing illness and promoting health – Since 2010, New York has received $62,000,000 in grants from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the Affordable Care Act. This new fund was created to support effective policies in New York, its communities, and nationwide so that all Americans can lead longer, more productive lives.
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