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Health Exchange Deadline

Friday, June 10, 2011

To qualify for federal grants, New York has to set up its health insurance exchange before the legislative term ends this month.  Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, talks about the state's late start and what is left to be done.

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Comments [10]

GM from Yonkers

Brian,
Don't you think your guest insults you and your audience with her reasoning regarding making health insurance available "across state lines"? I know that insurance regulations are left to the states, but like auto insurance, if a company that offers health insurance wants to do business in New York, they can abide NY's rules and charge NY prices. This is just another example of how those writing the rules don't really want to do what's in the best interest of Americans. If they insist on keeping health insurance private, let's have real competition and most of all EVERYONE INTO THE SAME POOL!

Jun. 10 2011 11:25 PM
Dan from Sunset Park

Here are links to New York's single-payer legislation:
http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S5425-2011
http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A7860-2011

Jun. 10 2011 12:11 PM
Dan from Sunset Park

NY State Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried and NY State Senator Thomas Duane introduced legislation to implement single-payer health insurance. It's co-sponsored by 62 other legislators.

It would create a "publicly sponsored coverage would replace coverage by insurance companies. Instead of premiums, there would be broad-based public financing of health care based on people’s ability to pay. It would be funded through a graduated income tax, and the system wouldn’t have deductibles or co-payments. Delivery of care would remain primarily private."

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2011/06/07/lawmakers-introduce-bill-for-single-payer-health-care-system/

Jun. 10 2011 10:52 AM
Will Miles from Morris Plains, NJ

Brian (and others) must stop referring to the Health Care Reform Bill as "Obama's Healthcare ...".
It might be an unintentional sign of bias, but it's bias nevertheless. Obama was a key ingredient in getting the bill passed, of course, but it's extremely prejudicial to continue using this reference.

Jun. 10 2011 10:49 AM
Nancy Meher from Manhattan

I'm in a Medicare Advantage Plan, an HMO. How do these health exchanges affect HMOs? Do they reduce the medicare premium?

Jun. 10 2011 10:47 AM

LET'S STOP WITH THE CONVOLUTED NONSENSE!!!

SINGLE PAYER!!

zzz.

Jun. 10 2011 10:45 AM
Susan from nyc

Will any of this insurance have alternative medicine and allow you to use doctors of your own choice?

Jun. 10 2011 10:44 AM
Ellen Marie Helinka from NYC

What will happen to insurance agents who service small businesses in NYS? Often agents help small businesses organize their benefits & compliance with state regulations. Also there is an ever shrinking number of carriers insuring groups under 50.

Jun. 10 2011 10:43 AM
andrew roberts from pa

if they outlawed group plans entirely,
excepting ONLY the military, we would have
a real market

Jun. 10 2011 10:42 AM
Diane from White Plains, NY

What will happen to Healthy New York?

Jun. 10 2011 10:35 AM

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