Health Care

Legislation

  • New York Health Act

Establishes the New York Health program, a comprehensive system of access to health insurance for New York state residents; provides for administrative structure of the plan; provides for powers and duties of the board of trustees, the scope of benefits, payment methodologies and care coordination; establishes the New York Health Trust Fund which would hold monies from a variety of sources to be used solely to finance the plan; enacts provisions relating to financing of New York Health, including a payroll assessment, similar to the Medicare tax; establishes a temporary commission on implementation of the plan; provides for collective negotiations by health care providers with New York Health.

Click here for details on the bill and its status in the New York legislature

Advocacy

There will be a training day for people interested in lobbying for the New York Health Act, the single payer plan that came close to moving out of committee in the recent legislative session: August 26, 1-3pm in Rosendale.

Click here for more information and a registration form.

  • Ulster People for Justice and Democracy

Click here to learn how this group is leading a campaign for the NY Health Act


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Health Care Proposals

With the legislative assault on the ACA in suspension, talk has turned to temporary fixes and, especially among Democrats, to what the party should assert in its 2018 and 2020 platforms. For many, including Bernie Sanders, "Medicare For All" should be the Democratic position. Others suggest different variations of single payer, including some that see a hybrid of public and private support. The articles linked below explore proposals that might provide a pathway to universal coverage.

This article makes the case that Medicaid, rather than Medicare, is a better vehicle for expanding coverage.

https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/8/11/16119292/medicare-for-all-medicaid-health-care-expansion