Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New York Issues Solicitation

New York State was awarded an “Early Innovator Grant” for $27.4 million to help the state design and implement the IT infrastructure needed to operate their Health Insurance Exchange. The state is to deploy their Health Benefit Exchange beginning July 2012 with the system to be fully implemented by January 1, 2014.

The NY Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs on September 26, 2011 posted a Funding Availability Solicitation (FAS) seeking bidders with demonstrated Quality Assurance (QA) expertise to oversee the work of the primary contractor selected to implement the New York State Health Benefit Exchange (NY-HX).

The QA contractor must be able to demonstrate expertise in health policy, public benefit eligibility systems, maximizing federal reimbursement, and be able to monitor the operations of a project the size of NY-HX. The system is to be built upon a Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) and also be able to integrate New York’s CHIP into the NY-HX.

The NY-HX will be designed to interoperate with other social benefit programs such as the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and with parts of the Social Security Act relating to foster care.

The FAS is due on November 3, 2011 with all questions due by October 7, 2011. To view the FAS, go to For additional information, email Pamela Petrie Baldasaro at