The Schuyler Center works with government, providers and advocates to improve access to high-quality physical, dental, and behavioral health services. This is especially important for New York’s most disenfranchised residents, particularly related to New York’s implementation of health care reform and redesign of the Medicaid program. These significant system changes provide unique opportunities for low-income families and foster care youth to get health coverage and care that includes important mental health screenings and care, oral health services, and physical screenings and treatment.

Policy Focus:

  • Build on the success of New York’s public health programs, including Medicaid and Child Health Plus (CHP) to ensure robust coverage and access to benefits and providers that meet the full array of their physical, behavioral, and oral health care needs.
  • Expand and support the mental health care workforce.
  • Improve access to high-quality health, mental health and dental health care for children and families in the child welfare system.
  • Analyze data and propose public health and prevention strategies that will bend the curve.
  • Fundamentally change the living conditions, care and treatment for people with psychiatric disabilities who live in adult homes.


Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2020-21 Executive Budget on Health/Medicaid. January 29, 2020.  Presented by Bridget Walsh, Senior Policy Analyst

Memo of Support A.7213 / S.5093, May 2019 

Memo of Support A. 2371/S. 2994, May 3, 2019

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2019-20 Executive Budget on Heath/Medicaid.  February 5, 2019. Presented by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

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Federal Health Reform:

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) recently passed by the House of Representatives proposes to radically restructure Medicaid and cut billions of dollars from the program. Compounding the uncertainty, Congress must act later this year to provide funding to keep the Child Health Insurance Program solvent (which is the Child Health Plus Program in New York). What exactly is being proposed and what will happen next? What actions can you take to educate Members of Congress on how these programs keep children healthy and thriving?

146 Organizations Urge NYS Congressional Delegation to Renew Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, December 19, 2017

New York Groups Urge Congress to Renew Federal Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), October 6, 2017

Schuyler Center and Child Advocate Partners Across NYS Urge Congress to Extend Funding for the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Before it Expires on September 30 2017, August 9, 2017

Funding for New York’s Child Health Program Will Expire September 30, 2017, July 2017

Schuyler Center and 31 Partners Urge NY’s Congressional Delegation to Reject the U.S. Senate’s ACA Repeal Bill, June 27, 2017

Medicaid and Child Health Plus Cover Kids in Rural New York, June 2017

Protecting Children’s Health Insurance-Social Media Toolkit, June 9, 2017

HCFANY’s brief webinar, Activating Your Networks to Protect Children’s Health Coverage, presented by the Schuyler Center, Community Service Society and Children’s Defense Fund, NY to help you and your membership learn about what is at stake and how you can activate your network to protect health insurance coverage for children. June 9, 2017

Schuyler Center and 31 Partners Urge NY’s Congressional Delegation to Reject the American Health Care Act   May 24, 2017

What Does the American Health Care Act Mean for Children and Families and the Programs that Serve Them?  March 21, 2017 – Webinar presented by Kate Breslin, Schuyler Center President and CEO  (Slides Only)

What Does American Health Care Act Mean for Children and Families Who Rely on Medicaid in NYS?  March 17, 2017

Alert:  Help Protect Coverage for New York’s Children and Families, March 7, 2017

Radical Restructuring of Medicaid Would Harm Children and Families, March 2017

Protect Medicaid and Child Health Plus, March 2017

Delivery System Reform Resources:

Opportunities to improve children’s health by focusing on value. October 2016

What Does Value Mean From a Child Perspective?  October 6, 2016

Value-Based Payment Models for Medicaid Child Health Services, a report by Schuyler Center and United Hospital Fund that proposes value-based payment models for children in Medicaid.  The report notes that, “Given the increased recognition of how profoundly social determinants of health (including Adverse Childhood Experiences) affect childhood development and adulthood health and social productivity, payment models need to consider how to motivate and support attention in this area.” July 13, 2016

Overview of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), a presentation by Kate Breslin. September 10, 2014

Overview of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), May 2014

Other Health Resources:

Schuyler Center joins groups opposing cuts to public health contained in the 2018-2019 Executive Budget, February 2018

This infographic shows what he Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal program for children, looks like in New York.


HCFANY Annual Meeting: An Overview. July 2015.

Testimony submitted to the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2015-16 Executive Budget Health/Medicaid Budget Hearing. February 2, 2015. Submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

Children’s Health Insurance Program  (CHIP) is up for reauthorization: why this is important, and what CHIP means for New York. September 29, 2014

Confidentiality and Insurance: Making sure people feel safe using their health insurance, June 2014

Connecting Families to Coverage, a webinar on the importance of health insurance for families, enrollment procedures, and consumer assistance. Also see the PowerPoint presentation from the NYSOH and webinar slides. Mar. 7, 2014

Countdown to Coverage: A newsletter article template about the Affordable Care Act, geared for the early care and learning community. Feb. 26, 2014

Quick Sheets – Children and Families and the Affordable Care Act:

1. Helping Families Enroll
   2. Reducing Enrollment Barriers for All Families
   3. Promoting Seamless Coverage
   4. Children’s Behavioral Health
   5. Children’s Oral Health
   6. Foster Care Children and Youth

Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Ruling a Major Win for America’s Children, a fact sheet by First Focus