UAlbany hosts forum on Affordable Care Act

Posted at: 11/15/2013 12:22 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2013 9:42 AM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - UAlbany's School of Public Health, School of Social Welfare and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy came together Friday to discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act on non-profits.

Newschannel 13's Benita Zahn was the moderator.

Non-profits, like most of us, are working their way through the changes brought by the ACA. They have questions regarding the President's change of course when it comes to those canceled policies.

Donna Frescatore, Executive Director for New York State of Health, New York's Healthcare Exchange, says it's too early to know exactly what that will mean for New Yorkers who've had their policies canceled.

“I think it's early to summarize that. I can tell you that on any given day we answer about 500 calls an hour in our customer service center. We had a particularly busy week,” she replied.

Frescatore also noted that New York law, in place before the Affordable Care Act, mandated better coverage than in many other states - and that's why New York is seeing fewer of those cancelation notices.

To date, some 50,000 New Yorkers have bought health insurance through the new exchange.