NYers face $1.1B premium ‘HIT’ by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The scheduled return of an Obamacare tax on insurance premiums in 2018 would cost New Yorkers $1.1 billion in the first year, according to an industry-sponsored report published this week. [Read_more]

State’s retiree health debt grows by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

New York State's unfunded liability for other post-employment benefits (OPEB) grew to $87.3 billion in fiscal 2017, a $9.4 billion increase over the previous year, according to a disclosure in the state Budget Division's just-released Financial Plan Update for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. [Read_more]

A reality check on Medicare changes by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

A technical change in how Medicare compensates hospitals for treating the poor and uninsured has drawn a heated response from Governor Andrew Cuomo that demands clarification. [Read_more]

NY’s June job numbers mixed by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo staged a series of upstate ribbon-cutting events at which he again touted the region's economic progress. Today came something of a reality check: the monthly state Labor Department jobs report, which showed weak year-to-year private employment growth in upstate's largest metro areas. [Read_more]

Could D.C. repeat Albany’s mistake? by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Washington lawmakers are contemplating fallback healthcare legislation that risks repeating one of Albany’s most notorious policy blunders – and triggering a “death spiral” in non-group insurance markets nationwide. [Read_more]

Sizing up tax reform by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Seemingly stalled on health care and Medicaid, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration will soon turn their attention to taxes—another area in which federal reform offers mixed prospects for New York State. [Read_more]

The dope on NY’s opioid Rx rates by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Opioid prescribing rates vary widely across New York, with residents in some counties receiving three or four times as much of the potentially addictive pain relievers as in other counties. [Read_more]

A closer look at BCRA credits by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Insurance tax credits in the U.S. Senate GOP’s health plan would have a mixed effect on New Yorkers, reducing net premiums for some young, low-income consumers shopping in the non-group market, but raising costs for older ones. [Read_more]