Policy & Advocacy
CHCANYS works tirelessly to inform health care policy at the state and national levels, and to ensure that community health centers receive the resources they need to continue to provide high-quality, community-based health care to all New Yorkers. In addition to serving as the voice of New York’s community health centers, CHCANYS is also a resource for up-to-date, accurate information regarding regulatory changes, public funding opportunities, and other key matters of interest to centers.
After meeting with elected officials please fill out a Constituent Report Form! It is a great way to inform CHCANYS on how your meetings went and if there is anything CHCANYS should follow up on.
CHCANYS supports policies and legislation at the federal, state, and local level that support community health centers and advance health equity for all New Yorkers. See below for CHCANYS’s ongoing legislative priorities and memos of support. For any questions, please reach out to Marie Mongeon, Senior Director of Policy and Jane Ni, Policy Analyst.
Click here for a summary of all legislation relevant to health centers that has been approved by the Legislature and Governor this session. This list will be continually updated.
Repeal the Pharmacy Carve Out A.9693 (Rosenthal L.)/S.8509A (Cleare)
Access to 340B savings has allowed safety net providers like community health centers to fund life-saving health care and social services for New Yorkers. However, NYS has enacted a Medicaid pharmacy benefit carve out that is slated to take effect on April 1, 2023 which will eliminate safety net providers’ access to 340B savings. This legislation would protect 340B savings by repealing the pharmacy carve out. For more information on 340B click here.
Telehealth Parity A.6256 (Woerner)/S.5505 (Rivera)
Telehealth has increased access to health care services for many underserved communities. To ensure community health centers ability to continue to provide remote care, telehealth payment parity is essential. This legislation would provide for telehealth payment parity regardless of modality (in-person, audio-visual, and audio-only) and patient or provider location. For more information on telehealth and how it expands access to care click here.
New York State Community Health Care Revolving Capital Fund A.4593 (Gottfried)/S.5139 (Rivera)
The New York State Community Health Care Revolving Capital Fund is intended to facilitate investment to expand and improve primary care capacity in the state by providing affordable loan capital for eligible community-based health care providers to support quality primary care expansion and integration. This legislation would increase flexibility and eligible uses of the fund for operational costs such as recruitment and training of staff.
Allow Physician Assistants to Serve as PCPs for Medicaid Managed Care Plans A6056 (Gottfried)/S.5956 (Rivera)
Physician assistants are already recognized as primary care practitioners by Medicare and commercial insurers for the vital role they play in delivering comprehensive whole person health care services. This legislation would allow physician assistants to serve as primary care practitioners for Medicaid managed care plans.
Health Care Transformation Fund A.264 (Gottfried)/S.2531(Rivera)
The Health Care Transformation Fund supports health care delivery, including for capital investment, debt retirement or restructuring, housing and other social determinants of health, or transitional operating support to health care providers. This legislation would require at least 25% of the moneys deposited into the Health Care Transformation Fund be allocated exclusively for the investment of community-based health care providers on an annual basis.
New York Health Act A.6058 (Gottfried)/S.5474 (Rivera)
Reliable, affordable, comprehensive insurance coverage for all New Yorkers is a key step in improving access to primary and preventive care. This legislation would establish a universal single payer health plan to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to health care.
Coverage for All New Yorkers A.880A (Gottfried)/S.1572 (Rivera)
Every New Yorker should have access to the care they need to live a healthy life. This legislation would create a state-funded Essential Plan that would provide healthcare coverage for individuals who are currently excluded due to their immigration status.
Primary Care Reform Commission A.7230A (Gottfried)/S.6534B (Rivera)
Primary care plays a critical role in keeping people and communities healthy, but despite the proven impact and effectiveness of primary care, it is estimated that as little as 5-7% of U.S. health care costs are spent in the primary care setting. This legislation would establish a commission to define, measure, report on and provide recommendations to increase the proportion of the health care dollar allocated to primary care in New York State.
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact A.5540 (Palmesano)/S.5495 (O’Mara)
New York State is facing unprecedented levels of workforce shortages. Joining the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact would greatly ameliorate the healthcare provider shortage by streamlining the process to allow physicians to practice in New York. This legislation would allow New York to become a member of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
Automatic Enrollment and Recertification Simplification A.155 (Gottfried)/S.4965 (Rivera)
Navigating the healthcare systems can often be complex and burdensome for many people. This legislation would provide for automatic enrollment and simplify recertification for Medicaid eligible recipients in long-term care. Doing so will simplify a burdensome process for members and eliminate many delays and disruptions of care.
Require Insurance Coverage for PrEP and PEP A.807 (O’Donnell)/S.688 (Hoylman)
Maximizing the availability of lifesaving, transmission-interrupting treatment for HIV is critical in the fight to end the HIV epidemic. This legislation would increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment, both important tools for preventing the spread of HIV, by requiring insurance coverage for PrEP and PEP.
Model Contract A.9442A (Gottfried)/S.9207 (Rivera)
This legislation would require the Department of Health to make public any changes it has made to the State’s model contract, a legal document that outlines the contractual requirements on managed care organizations (MCOs) in the state’s Medicaid managed care program.
Absentee Ballot Drop-Off A.4128A (Gottfried)/S.492 (Hoylman)
Expanding qualifications to vote by absentee ballot during the 2020 election year was an important step to increasing voter access during the pandemic. This legislation would build on that progress by authorizing boards of elections to establish absentee ballot drop-off locations to provide voters with a convenient alternative option to submit their absentee ballots.
Child Welfare Preventive Housing Subsidy A.1777C (Hevesi)/S.5419B (Brisport)
The child welfare preventive housing subsidy is more critical now than any time in the recent past as families face significant financial and housing precarity due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. This legislation will strengthen the child welfare preventive housing subsidy to reflect increased housing costs and better address the needs of youth and families involved in the child welfare system.
Good Cause Eviction A.5573 (Hunter)/S.3082 (Salazar)
All New Yorkers deserve safe and stable housing, and providing access to stable housing is critical to improving health outcomes. This legislation would protect New Yorkers’ right to stay in their homes by granting every tenant in New York State baseline protections against unjust evictions and unreasonable rent increases.
Clean Slate Act A.6399 (Cruz)/S.1553C (Myrie)
All New Yorkers deserve equal access to housing, employment, and education. However, there are 2.3M New Yorkers who are perpetually punished by their conviction records that deprive them of access to these basic opportunities despite having already served their sentences. This legislation will ensure that all New Yorkers have access to basic opportunities by automatically clearing a New Yorker’s conviction record once they become eligible.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education for All New Yorkers A.6616 (Nolan)/S.2584 (Brouk)
Everyone deserves access to information and resources to make informed decisions about their health. This legislation would ensure that all young New Yorkers will have the information and resources needed to make healthy and informed decisions about their health and well-being by requiring all schools to provide age-appropriate K-12 comprehensive sexuality education.
Equality Amendment S.1268 (Krueger)/No Same As
The legislation will begin the process to ensure that the NYS Constitution will broadly prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or sex including pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression discrimination, provide robust protections against discrimination, and uphold equality for all New Yorkers.
Establish the Reproductive Freedom and Equity Program A.10148 (Gonzalez-Rojas)/S.9078 (Cleare)
Increasing and expanding access to reproductive healthcare is critical to advancing health equity. This legislation would establish the Reproductive Freedom and Equity program to ensure that all New Yorkers and people across the country will be able to access reproductive healthcare.
CHCANYS’ mission is to champion community-centered primary care through leadership, advocacy, and support of community health centers so that every community has primary care that encompasses all aspects of patient health and well-being. To safeguard and sustain the ability of CHCs to provide quality affordable health care services, advocacy is paramount to ensuring that CHCs, patients, and communities across New York State have a voice in the process and critical decisions being made by policymakers.