Cuomo’s cynical abuse of a crisis that didn’t come by Bill Hammond | New York Post

The past year has been a roller-coaster for New York’s health-care system, as Congress tried repeatedly to scale back Medicaid and dismantle the Affordable Care Act while allowing other health-related programs to lapse. Because New York depends so heavily on federal health dollars, it had more to lose than almost any other state.

NY’s Obamacare surge by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Sign-ups for both government-sponsored and private health coverage through the New York State of Health insurance exchange surged during this year’s open-enrollment period, a sign of continued consumer demand in the face of political turmoil and rising premiums.

NY’s federal health aid: On the rise by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

After many dire warnings about cuts to health care in Washington, it’s worth noting that federal funding for the state’s massive Medicaid program is still on track to go up, not down, in the year ahead.

The Essential Plan survives by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo’s budget makes no major change in the Essential Plan—a low-cost state-sponsored health plan—despite the loss of almost $1 billion in federal aid.

How ACA mandate repeal affects NY by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The demise of the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate” – which is due to be repealed as part of the GOP tax overhaul – may be less consequential in New York than in most other states.

Is Washington hooked on ‘HIT’? by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

For all the taxes that Congress is aiming to cut, one has surprisingly dodged the ax so far: the $14.3 billion “Health Insurance Tax,” or HIT.

Cuomo’s Essential dilemma by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Federal officials have reportedly confirmed that they are cutting off a major portion of funding for New York’s Essential Plan, opening a roughly $1 billion hole in the state budget and raising new doubts about the future of a rapidly growing health insurance option for the working poor.