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Health Care Reform News Archives

  • Federal Update

    July 23, 2019

    Federal updates including the "Cadillac" tax repeal vote, surprise billing legislation advances, and additional preventive benefits allowed in HDHPs. Learn more here.
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  • Single-Payer Health Care

    June 04, 2019

    On May 28, 2019, the New York Legislature held a long-awaited hearing on the bill that would establish a single payer health insurance system in New York. More than fifty representatives of consumer, business, provider, labor and human service groups testified. Learn more here.
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  • State Budget Provisions Affecting Health Plans

    April 05, 2019

    The recently passed New York State 2019-20 budget includes a number of provisions that affect health plans and the coverage they offer to employers and consumers. Click below for a summary of key items.
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  • Mandated Benefits

    March 15, 2019

    As part of New York’s state budget deliberations, the Legislature is considering a number of proposals from the Governor that would affect health plans and the coverage they offer to employers and consumers. Click here for a summary of some key items, with our positions on them.
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  • Senate Passes Tax Bill

    December 20, 2018

    In December 2018, the Senate passed its amended tax overhaul bill which includes repeal of the penalty for those not having health insurance (the individual mandate). Click here to learn more about it.
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  • Congress Passes Tax Bill

    December 20, 2018

    In December 2018, the Senate and Congress both passed the Senate's amended tax overhaul bill which includes repeal of the penalty for those not having health insurance (the individual mandate). Click here to learn more about it.
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  • Congress Passes Opioid Package

    October 04, 2018

    On October 3rd, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing the opioid crisis. The House had previously passed the compromise, and it will now be sent to President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into law. Learn more here.
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  • CMS issues risk adjustment rule

    July 24, 2018

    On July 24, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Final Rule which allows for the 2017 risk adjustment payment transfer process to proceed. The rule reinstates the risk adjustment methodology for the 2017 benefit year. The risk adjustment program is part of the Affordable Care Act. Learn more here.
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  • HHS Puts Risk Adjustment Collections and Payments on Hold

    July 08, 2018

    In August 2017, a bipartisan group of eight governors submitted a health care proposal that calls on Congress to move quickly to stabilize the individual insurance market and to promote participation on the federal exchanges from both consumers and issuers. Learn more about it here.
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  • Spending Bill Agreement Update

    March 26, 2018

    Congressional leaders announced agreement on a $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government funded through the rest of the fiscal year. The bill includes funding for a wide range of programs and initiatives, including the Gateway tunnel in NYC, border security, safety grants to schools to prevent gun violence, and improvements to the national background check system for gun purchases. Click to read more.
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