September 26, 2017

A Shifting Health Landscape for Adolescents and Young Adults: Planning for the Implementation of Federal Health Care Reform in New York

This case study, written by The University of California — Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in collaboration with ICF International, is the second in a series of publications associated with a multi-year evaluation of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), which provides comprehensive health services to adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 in the New York City metro area.

The purpose of this Health Policy Case Study is to better understand the extent to which planning efforts in New York State are considering and responding to the critical health needs of adolescents and young adults as the State actively pursues implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This brief is based on interviews with experts from the fields of health care administrators, health policy researchers, adolescent health providers, and advocates. The report presents findings reflecting the major ACA-related themes, including: Health Benefit Exchanges; Medicaid expansion; Basic Health Plan; the Catastrophic Coverage option; enrollment and health care access; and special issues for adolescents and young adults. It concludes with an overarching summary and implications with a specific focus on the health needs of adolescents and young adults in light of the historic environment in which these efforts are unfolding. Given the changing landscape and the fluid nature of these historical events, we strove to produce a brief that captures this moment in time, takes the pulse of the environment, and also relays important considerations for adolescents and young adults.

Download the brief here:
A Shifting Health Landscape for Adolescents and Young Adults (PDF)

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