NY undercuts private-sector plans by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

New York State's low-cost Essential Plan is taking a big bite out of the state's market for private health insurance, newly released data show.

Medicaid audit misses big picture by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli accentuates the negative in a new audit of the state’s Medicaid managed care program, faulting two participating insurers for “wasting millions of state Medicaid dollars.” But he omits two important pieces of context.

NY health insurance costs surge by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

New York emerged as the second-costliest state for employer-sponsored health insurance after its premiums rose at more than three times the national rate in 2015.

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.