An Essential windfall by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The state's Essential Plan has amassed a nine-figure surplus due to unexpectedly generous federal funding, records from the Office of the State Comptroller show. [Read_more]

The stakes of ‘risk adjustment’ by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The Trump administration’s move this week to suspend the Affordable Care Act’s “risk adjustment” program leaves more than $300 million in payments to and from New York’s health plans in limbo and further destabilizes the state’s ACA market. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s upstate hype continues by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo frequently asserts that his policies have ignited an economic turnaround in upstate New York, and he's been known to cherry-pick numbers to back himself up. He was at it again during a swing through the Mohawk Valley earlier this week—and, once again, the statistical cherries were in bloom. [Read_more]

How NY will thwart Janus rights by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

A senior member of the state Assembly is already promising to introduce legislation that would effectively use taxpayer money to reimburse government unions for the “agency fees” they are no longer allowed to collect under last week’s SCOTUS decision in Janus v. AFSCME. [Read_more]

The Janus Ultimatum by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

As of yesterday, New York’s government employers can no longer deduct dues-like “agency fees” from government employees who haven’t joined a union, even if the union involved has a contract requiring them. [Read_more]

Bill puts sick kids second by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

A private charity is seeking the New York Legislature’s go-ahead to build housing for critically ill kids and their families on state-owned property.

The Legislature’s answer: sure, you can go ahead and build—if you’re willing to pay extra (possibly a lot extra) to our union friends to do the work. [Read_more]

More bad ideas lurking by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

On the whole, New Yorkers can breathe a sigh of relief if the state Senate’s gridlock forces an early end to the 2018 regular session of the Legislature. Otherwise, the next two weeks will still leave plenty of time for lawmakers to get up to no good. [Read_more]

Much ado about a mandate by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

In addition to being one of the wedge issues that paralyzed the state Senate this week, the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act is also an insurance mandate. And like the dozens of other mandates pending in Albany, it’s being debated without a clear analysis of costs and benefits. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s secret SUNY deal by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a new disclosure standard requiring that details of proposed government union contracts be shared with the public before ratification.

Unfortunately—and not for the first time—the governor has failed to meet the standard himself. [Read_more]