Work from Bill Hammond

A dilemma for doulas by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo's efforts to reduce maternal mortality have put New York's doulas on the path to state regulation – and some of them want to get off. [Read_more]

A rush to regulate PBMs by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

In the name of lowering drug costs, state lawmakers are on the brink of passing hastily drafted and ill-considered legislation that would risk driving those costs even higher. [Read_more]

Albany’s Rx for higher premiums by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Dozens of the health-care bills percolating through the Legislature in the closing days of session have one thing in common: They would add to the already high price of health insurance in New York State. [Read_more]

Pension woes for 1199 by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Two pension funds affiliated with 1199 SEIU, the state's largest and most influential union for  health-care workers, recently disclosed that they are in critical status due to funding or liquidity problems for an 11th straight year. [Read_more]

Testimony: New York Health Act Public Hearing by Bill Hammond |  | Testimony

If ever a piece of legislation warranted thorough vetting, in full public view, it’s a bill that would compel 20 million people to switch health plans, abolish tens of thousands of jobs, upend a sixth of the economy and levy the largest tax increase in the history of this or any other state. [Read_more]

Essential Plan surplus hits $1.2B by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The balance of unspent money in the Essential Plan Trust Fund ballooned to a new high of $1.2 billion as of March 31, records from the comptroller's office show. The surplus more than tripled since the same time last year – even as the Trump administration disrupted federal aid for the program, which provides health coverage to low-income New Yorkers, and the Cuomo administration diverted $635 million in Essential Plan funds to subsidize struggling hospitals. [Read_more]

Nursing home grades decline by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The scores of New York's nursing homes dipped to an average of 3.19 out of 5 stars in the federal government's latest Nursing Home Compare report card, down from 3.33 in January. However, the national average dropped even further, from 3.35 stars to 3.06. New York's standing improved from 31st to 27th among the 50 states. [Read_more]

Budget pushes health costs higher by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The new state budget features a larger-than-usual increase in Medicaid spending and two new coverage mandates for private insurers – adding to the already steep costs of health care for New York's taxpayers and policyholders. [Read_more]

Where NY’s school money goes by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

It’s commonly perceived that New York’s education funding system directs more money to wealthier, whiter schools than to poorer, less white schools – and that the distribution of state aid reinforces those inequities. Looking at the totality of school spending across the state, however, different patterns emerge. [Read_more]

Medicaid déjà vu by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

In a "Groundhog Day"-like replay of tactics from last year, health-care interests are again using an unlikely threat of spending cuts in Washington to demand special treatment in the upcoming state budget.

The question now is whether the governor and the Legislature will play along with the movie for a second time in a row – and whether it will have the same ugly ending.

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Banishing Profit Is Bad for Your Health by Bill Hammond |  | Wall Street Journal

Eliminating profit from an entire sector of the national economy would be unprecedented. But the example of New York, on a smaller scale, shows why it is a recipe for dysfunction. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s Medicaid merry-go-round by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo is now backing away from Medicaid spending cuts he pushed less than four weeks ago, his second about-face on health-care funding so far this year. Even more head-spinning is his stated rationale: the supposed threat to federal aid outlined in President Trump's budget proposal this week. [Read_more]

Pricing an IVF mandate by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Requiring New York health plans to cover in vitro fertilization would add up to 1.1 percent to premiums, according to a state study belatedly released today. [Read_more]

Gillibrand’s 4 percent fantasy by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is setting herself apart from many "Medicare for All" supporters by offering what sounds like a plan to pay for it. Unfortunately, the revenue source she keeps citing – a 4 percent tax on income – would fall short of what's needed by at least $1 trillion, and more likely $2 trillion, per year. [Read_more]

Single-payer, version 2.0 by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

New revisions to a proposed single-payer health plan for New York State would add tens of billions dollars to the already enormous price tag – and further hinder the state's ability to control costs going forward. [Read_more]

Where is the IVF study? by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Even as Governor Cuomo pushes for required insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization, he is withholding a study of how much the coverage would cost for premium payers. [Read_more]

Do No Harm by Bill Hammond |  | Reports

The costs and risks of a state-run single-payer health-care program would be much greater, and the benefits much smaller, than its proponents claim. [Read_more]

Following the money by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Just-disclosed campaign spending by the Greater New York Hospital Association sheds additional light on health-related developments in Albany last year. [Read_more]

SOTS health-care roundup by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Health care was the dog that did not bark at Governor Cuomo's combined State of State and budget address on Tuesday. Instead of announcing a major plan to expand coverage, he called for appointing a commission to study "options for achieving universal access" and report back by December – a clear sign that he has no stomach for tackling the issue in this session. [Read_more]

Albany’s elastic mandate by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The Comprehensive Contraception Protection Act, which is speeding toward passage in Albany, is typically portrayed as protecting women. As a practical matter, though, some of its prime beneficiaries will be condom buyers who are predominantly male. [Read_more]

De Blasio makes the case against single-payer, by accident by Bill Hammond |  | New York Daily News

Of course Mayor de Blasio, card-carrying progressive that he is, supports setting up a government-funded single-payer health plan in New York, and declared as much in his State of the City speech on Thursday.

Just 48 hours earlier, though — and perhaps unwittingly — de Blasio made the best case yet that single-payer would be a colossal waste of time and money. [Read_more]

A first look at de Blasio care by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a splash this morning by announcing a plan "to guarantee health care" for every city resident. Although his office called it "the largest, most comprehensive plan in the nation," the proposal appears – based on limited details provided so far – to be a relatively modest expansion of existing safety-net programs. [Read_more]

The price of losing the ACA by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

If the entire Affordable Care Act were struck down as unconstitutional – as a federal judge ruled on Friday – the consequences for New York's health-care system, and the state budget, would be significant. Assuming the decision is upheld on appeal (which many experts doubt), and assuming Congress does not intervene, the state would lose almost $8 billion in federal aid that subsidizes coverage for more than 4 million residents. [Read_more]
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