Budget pushes health costs higher by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The new state budget features a larger-than-usual increase in Medicaid spending and two new coverage mandates for private insurers – adding to the already steep costs of health care for New York's taxpayers and policyholders.

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.

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.

NY’s Obamacare blame game by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

This month’s setbacks for New York’s healthcare system were largely driven by flaws in the ACA, not by attacks on the law from President Trump or Republicans in Congress.

Why NY premiums are spiking by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The double-digit premium hikes looming for non-group health insurance consumers in New York appear to be driven more by state and federal government policy than by the underlying cost of medical care.

Questioning Cuomo’s resistance Rx by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

There are plenty of reasons for New Yorkers to be leery of the House Republican health plan, but Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gestures of resistance on Monday raise several objections