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.

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.

Gillibrand’s shifting Medicare math by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has apparently doubled the price tag of her Medicare buy-in proposal, from 4 percent of income to 8 percent – but the math still does not add up.

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.

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.

Defogging NY’s Obamacare data by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Obamacare enrollment is rising in New York – an exception to the national trend – but not by as much as state officials are implying.

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.

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.
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