Albany’s cancer deal misses mark by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo’s deal with legislative leaders on expanded access to breast cancer screening falls squarely within three unfortunate Albany traditions: It micromanages the health-care industry in ways that add red tape and drive up costs. It singles out a high-profile disease for special treatment. And it accomplishes less than what’s promised by the press release.

Albany’s unlearned lessons of HRI by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Confirmation hearings for Maria Vullo to be superintendent of the Department of Financial Services hit a sour note when the questioning turned to last year’s collapse of Health Republic.

GOP health plan doesn’t add up by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas have introduced what they're calling “The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan.” It’s hard to see how it amounts to a workable plan at all.

State shouldn’t meddle with Affordable Care Act prices by Bill Hammond | Albany Times Union

One of the key promises behind President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is that it would "bend the curve" of increasing health care costs. The fact that the nation's overall health spending has been growing at the relatively slow rate of 4 percent annually is a hopeful sign.

But all is not so calm in the part of the insurance industry most directly affected by the ACA — the individual and small-group markets.

What’s behind NY health plan hikes by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

New York’s health plans are pressing for dramatically higher premiums in 2017, a sign of financial turbulence in the insurance markets for individuals and small businesses as the Affordable Care Act enters its seventh year.
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