Indulging the mandate habit by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The makers of the anti-addiction drug Vivitrol – whose controversial nationwide lobbying campaign was spotlighted by the New York Times last week – appear to be getting results in Albany.

Why Albany needs a CBO by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The House GOP is a model of cautious deliberation next to the Assembly’s handling of the New York Health Act, which would establish a statewide single-payer plan.

R.I.P., insurance mandate relief by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

With a line-item veto last week, Governor Cuomo put a last nail in the coffin of a good idea that was never given a chance by Albany: analyzing the costs and benefits of health insurance mandates before passing them into law.

Opioid fight yields a new mandate NY Torch

In their latest response to the epidemic of opioid abuse, state lawmakers are indulging a habit-forming practice of their own: imposing mandates on health insurance.