Health care budget roundup by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Now that the state budget is put to bed for another year, here is a non-comprehensive rundown of health care-related highlights and lowlights.

A troubling deal on Fidelis by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The largest revenue-raiser in the just-completed state budget, worth $2 billion over four years, is not a tax or a fee or even a legal settlement. It takes the form of semi-voluntary “grants,” mostly to be squeezed out of a Catholic Church-affiliated health plan.

Where the ‘excess’ reserves are by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo’s proposal to expropriate “excess” reserves from Medicaid managed care plans would apparently target just two insurers—Fidelis Care and MetroPlus—even though their reserve levels are not unusually high.

NY health care’s real crisis by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

As Albany lawmakers consider imposing costly new taxes and mandates on health insurance, a report from the New York State Health Foundation offers a timely reminder: The state’s insurance premiums are already among the highest in the country, and rising fast.

Senate seeks costly “discussion” by Ken Girardin | NY Torch

The state Senate’s ruling majority coalition hopes state budget talks will include a “discussion about whether the definition of public work should be updated”—shorthand for whether costly union compensation packages should be imposed on a much larger number of projects subsidized directly or indirectly by taxpayers.

More green, less energy by Ken Girardin | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo has married his unrealistic renewable energy targets to his push to steer work to the building trades unions. The likely results: even higher costs—and even fewer projects.