News Release - New York State Health Foundation Funding

For Immediate Release –

Nov. 24, 2009

Media contact: Mark Marchand – (518) 443-5283 / marchanm@rockinst.org

New York State Health Foundation Funds Medicaid Asset Transfer Study by Rockefeller Institute of Government

Foundation Awards $99,676 to Institute to Continue Research on Medicaid Application Process in New York

Albany, N.Y. — The New York State Health Foundation has awarded a grant of $99,676 to the Rockefeller Institute of Government to continue the Institute’s study of personal asset transfers that families or individuals make when they apply for nursing home care funded by Medicaid.

The research will be led by Courtney Burke, director of the Health Policy Research Center at the Institute. In particular, the research will examine the causes of variation in Medicaid eligibility denial rates.

The Institute completed the first phase of the research project in March of this year. That report can be found here.

For more information about the New York State Health Foundation, visit: www.nyshealthfoundation.org.

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