Health Care Reform is Knocking at Your Door!

Posted October, 10 2008 by arianne

The Health Care For America Now (“HCAN!”)–a national reform effort with a strong grassroots base in New York–is organizing a door-to-door effort to inform voters where their federal representatives stand in the health reform debate. HCAN! wants to recruit volunteers to help with this effort. If you are in an area that needs volunteers please […]

Governor Vetos Two Bad Insurance "Reform" Bills

Posted October, 8 2008 by arianne

HCFANY applauds Governor Paterson’s veto last week of two industry-backed insurance “reform” bills. that would only serve to undermine New York’s continued commitment to high quality health care. The two bills–Senate Bill 8357 (the “young invincibles” bill) and Assembly Bill 395 (the EZ Pass for HealthyNY)–would have favored health insurance products that inadequate benefit packages […]

State Insurance and Health Department's Hearing on "Surprise" Bills Tomorrow

Posted October, 6 2008 by arianne

The New York State Departments of Health and Insurance will be holding a joint-hearing tomorrow (10/07) in Albany.  The hearing will feature testimony from consumers and advocates on “surprise” bills, or bills consumers get when they follow all the rules to get in-network health coverage, but are seen unknowingly by an out-of-network provider, for example, […]

America's Families Are Drowning in Medical Debt

Posted October, 2 2008 by arianne

A new study released by the Center for Studying Health System Change finds that 57 million families have trouble paying medical bills–an increase of 14 million people since 2003.  Half of the families studied have a debt of $1,903. Although, the overall rate of medical bill problems is far higher for uninsured individuals, the study […]