Getting sober about single-payer by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

As the state awaits the RAND Corp.’s analysis of a proposed single-payer health plan for New York, the organization’s study of a similar plan in Oregon offers a potentially instructive preview.

A quiet shift on Fidelis proceeds by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

As the state prepares to collect $2 billion in proceeds from the sale of Fidelis Care, the Cuomo administration has quietly revised its statement on how it will use the money, shifting to an emphasis on service for the needy rather than support for providers.

NY’s spiking health premiums by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The state’s employer-sponsored health insurance premiums spiked by more than 10 percent in 2017, leaving New Yorkers with the some of the highest coverage costs in the contiguous United States.

An Essential windfall by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The state's Essential Plan has amassed a nine-figure surplus due to unexpectedly generous federal funding, records from the Office of the State Comptroller show.

The stakes of ‘risk adjustment’ by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The Trump administration’s move this week to suspend the Affordable Care Act’s “risk adjustment” program leaves more than $300 million in payments to and from New York’s health plans in limbo and further destabilizes the state’s ACA market.

More misinformation on single-payer by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The claim that 98 percent of New Yorkers would save money under a single-payer health system does not add up, even based on proponents' dubious financial estimates.

Individual medical insurance approaching ‘death spiral’ WGRZ

Conditions are right for a "death spiral" for healthcare insurance. Bill Hammond, the Empire Center's director of healthcare policy, explains the spiral is the result of insurance pools seeing, "healthy people leave, the rates go up, the premiums go up, more healthy people leave and it becomes a vicious cycle.”