Social Interest Solutions (SIS) Awarded Grant to Assess the State of New York’s Information Technology Readiness for Healt

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Social Interest Solutions (SIS), a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging technology innovation to improve consumers’ access to eligible health and human services, today announced that it was awarded a grant from the New York State Health Foundation to work with State agencies and other stakeholders to assess the State’s information technology systems in preparation for the implementation of a New York State Health Insurance Benefit Exchange.

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a game changer both in terms of the culture of enrollment in public and subsidized health insurance and in terms of the technical infrastructure necessary to support the enrollment process for public and private coverage,” said David Sandman, from the New York State Health Foundation. “Social Interest Solutions will help the state assess its IT assets with an eye towards what can be leveraged and what is missing.”

To meet the 2014 implementation timeline for healthcare reform, states must take measures to ensure IT systems fulfill federal requirements and evolving guidelines. “Like other states, New York State’s IT systems must support Health Insurance Exchanges that connect all consumers to the appropriate coverage opportunities,” said Claudia Page, co-director, Social Interest Solutions. “Social Interest Solutions, in partnership with The Lewin Group, a healthcare and human services consulting firm, is producing a systems gap analysis to assist New York State in preparing to launch an Exchange and meet related ACA requirements by 2014.”

The project kicked off at the first of the year and will wrap up in April, providing timely information to the New York State Health Foundation, the State and its stakeholders. Social Interest Solutions is underway conducting an eligibility and enrollment systems inventory and examining the State’s existing IT assets and deficiencies. By working with various stakeholders and constituents and mapping the State’s existing IT assets to the functional requirements mandated by ACA, Social Interest Solutions will identify the strengths, weaknesses, and disconnects with the systems currently in use or under development in New York State. Ultimately, a plan defining the best and most realistic design for adapting and extending New York’s existing systems to meet Federal eligibility and enrollment mandates will be developed.

About Social Interest Solutions

Social Interest Solutions (SIS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging technology innovation to improve consumers’ access to public and private health and social services. As an active influencer and promoter of policy reform, SIS has successfully developed and deployed pioneering technology solutions that have positively impacted the quality of life for the nation’s underserved population.

In early 2003, Social Interest Solutions developed One-e-App, a Web-based system that streamlines the complicated eligibility and enrollment process by making it possible to transparently connect and share data across otherwise disparate federal and state social services systems and programs. Today One-e-App is deployed in Arizona, California, Indiana and Maryland and has served nearly 7 million individuals. www.socialinterest.org

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About The Lewin Group

The Lewin Group is a premier national health care and human services consulting firm with more than 40 years’ experience finding answers and solving problems for leading organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. For more information on The Lewin Group, visit www.lewin.com. The Lewin Group is an Ingenix company. Ingenix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, was founded in 1996 to develop, acquire and integrate the world's best-in-class health care information technology capabilities. For more information, visit www.ingenix.com. The Lewin Group operates with editorial independence and provides its clients with the very best expert and impartial health care and human services policy research and consulting services.

About New York State Health Foundation

The New York State Health Foundation is a private, statewide foundation that aims to improve New York’s health care system by expanding health insurance coverage, containing health care costs, increasing access to high-quality services, and addressing public and community health. www.nyshealthfoundation.org



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Claudia Page, 510-273-4641
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