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.

Cuomo’s health care piggy bank by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Facing a multibillion-dollar gap in state finances, Governor Cuomo has turned to one of Albany’s favorite piggy banks: the health care industry.

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The demise of the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate” – which is due to be repealed as part of the GOP tax overhaul – may be less consequential in New York than in most other states.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

Bypassing science on mammograms by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

A bill requiring health plans to cover digital breast tomosynthesis, a three-dimensional type of mammography, has been delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office for his signature or veto. If the measure is enacted into law, it would be a classic case of healthcare politics rushing ahead of medical science.