by Gene Doyle, LMSW
Since January 1, 2014, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) has administered the New York State of Health (NYSOH), a state-run health exchange (or health insurance marketplace), established under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare."
Anyone who applies for Medicaid or other health insurance through NYSOH is entitled to challenge an eligibility determination through an administrative appeal. According to DOH's Guide to the Appeal Process, the following NYSOH decisions can be appealed:
Pursuant to 45 CFR § 155.550(b), DOH "must provide public access to all appeal decisions, subject to all applicable Federal and State laws regarding privacy, confidentiality, disclosure, and personally identifiable information."
By letter dated May 24, 2016, DOH announced that redacted copies of NYSOH appeal decisions will be posted online "in a manner similar to the Fair Hearing Decision Archive administered by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)." In that letter, DOH reported
"that work has already begun on a webpage for NYSOH appeals decisions that will function in the same manner as OTDA's and that Marketplace staff is currently in the process of redacting decisions for posting on that webpage. We expect to have redacted decisions issued during the latter part of 2015 ready for posting by the end of June. We will populate the website in reverse monthly order until we complete 2015, and then will move into decisions from 2014 and 2016. When the webpage goes live, we will send you the URL for the page."
Under New York's State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) § 307, DOH must also maintain an index of NYSOH appeal decisions, and make the index and redacted copies of the decisions available for public inspection and copying.
In response to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request, DOH provided an Index of NYSOH Decisions and Dismissals on March 14, 2016. This index includes both NYDOH appeal decisions and dismissals from January 8, 2014 through February 26, 2016.
The following table explains the issue codes found in the Index of NYSOH Decisions and Dismissals:
Redacted copies of the following NYSOH appeal decisions are available by clicking on the Appeal Number (AP #):
More decisions will be posted as they are obtained from appellants and their advocates or through FOIL requests to DOH.
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