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On April 21, the UAlbany Navigators -- a group of M.S.W. students who provide assistance in navigating on-line enrollment through the NY State of Health Marketplace -- received the President's Award for Exemplary Public Engagement. The UAlbany Navigators were honored for their one-on-one work with underserved communities and Capital Region residents to help assess and compare different health care plans to find those most suited to the individual or family's needs.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), also known as the affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010, is described by the U.S. Department of Health & Humans Services as putting "individuals, families and small business owners in control of their health care...Americans without insurance coverage will be able to choose the insurance coverage that works best for them in a new open, competitive insurance market."
In 2013, The NY State of Health (NYSOH) was created under the Affordable Care Act. Through the NYSOH marketplace, New York residents and small businesses can apply for public health insurance (Medicaid and Child Health Plus) and private health insurance.
Depending on your topic, your keyword searches will vary, but some relevant terms to use when researching health policy are "Affordable Care Act;" "Health care reform;" "Health coverage" AND "social services;" and other variations on these terms.
If you'd like to make an appointment with a UAlbany Navigator, you can call (518) 442-3854. If you're interested in researching topics relating to health policy, the Affordable Care Act, or social services and health coverage, we have a variety of databases and books to refer to below:
Help is available! don't be afraid to ask for help. Contact Elaine Lasda-Bergman, at (518) 442-3695 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments available - or drop in during weekly Social Welfare office hours from 4-7pm on Wednesdays.
Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
Image Credit: Carlo de Jesus