As the Empire Center’s director of health policy, Bill Hammond tracks fast-moving developments in New York’s massive healthcare industry, with a focus on how decisions made in Albany and Washington affect the wellbeing of patients, providers, taxpayers, and the state’s economy.
Bill has authored reports critiquing a proposed state-run single-payer healthcare system, documenting Albany’s excessive reliance on health insurance taxes, analyzing the pros and cons of “block-granting” Medicaid, and examining the regulatory missteps surrounding the collapse of Health Republic Insurance.
He also published numerous op-eds and contributes regularly to NY Torch, the Empire Center’s policy blog.
Before joining the Empire Center in 2016, Bill spent almost three decades in newspaper journalism, most recently as a columnist and editorial board member at the New York Daily News from 2005 to 2015.
Before joining The News, Hammond previously wrote for The New York Sun, The Daily Gazette of Schenectady and The Post-Star of Glens Falls. His work has also appeared in Politico New York, The New York Post, City & State New York, the Albany Times Union, The Buffalo News and The 74.
A graduate of Albany High School and Harvard University, Hammond lives in Saratoga Springs.