What if Collins-Faso included NYC? by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The uproar over proposed federal legislation mandating a state takeover of county Medicaid costs inspires a thought experiment: What if the mandate included New York City? [Read_more]

Parsing a NY Medicaid takeover by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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A mandated state takeover of local Medicaid costs, added to the House GOP health bill by U.S. Reps. Chris Collins and John Faso, promises relief for property taxpayers across New York. However, some counties stand to save more than others. [Read_more]

NY faces age-based AHCA snafu by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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Here’s another major policy conflict between the House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan and New York State’s unusually Draconian insurance laws. [Read_more]

How GOP health plan would affect NY by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The House Republicans’ American Health Care Act would jeopardize coverage for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and cost the state government billions of dollars. On the whole, however, it’s far less disruptive than previous GOP alternatives to Obamacare. [Read_more]

PSC covers up “clean energy” cost by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

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State regulators last week shot down efforts by utilities to show ratepayers the amount by which their electric bills are being driven up by New York's new Clean Energy Standard. [Read_more]

A softer Medicaid ‘block grant’ by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The Medicaid “block grant” being proposed by House Republicans would be far less costly to state governments than previously projected under a draft Obamacare replacement bill that became public on Friday. [Read_more]

Hyping Medicaid’s drug costs by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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Thursday’s budget hearing raised an eye-opening fact about the impact of increasing pharmaceutical costs on New York’s Medicaid program: Rebates reduce the state’s bottom line by almost half. [Read_more]

Questioning Cuomo’s Rx on drugs by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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A close look at Cuomo’s plan to contain prescription drug costs – which relies on heavy-handed price controls – raises doubts as to its fairness, effectiveness, workability, and even legality. [Read_more]

Heastie’s gazillionaire tax by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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When it comes to soaking the rich to pad the state budget, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie won't be outdone by Governor Andrew Cuomo's "millionaire tax." [Read_more]