Housing Finance Agency
State of New York Mortgage Agency

Eligibility for Health Insurance Coverage

The Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) are public benefit corporations created to support housing and homeownership programs. HFA and SONYMA participate in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), which provides health insurance coverage to active and retired State and local government employees and their dependents. We examined HFA’s and SONYMA’s practices for enrolling individuals and their dependents in NYSHIP, and found that they were only enrolling people who met the eligibility requirements. However, we determined that HFA and SONYMA were not always obtaining sufficient documentation from their employees to demonstrate that individuals being enrolled as dependents qualified for this coverage under State rules. We recommended that HFA and SONYMA obtain and maintain such documentation.

For a complete copy of Report 2008-S-52 click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.