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Action Alert: Stop the New York State Legislature from Weakening the State’s “Prior Approval” Health Insurance Rate Review System

Posted June, 16 2015 by Hannah Lupien

  As the 2015 state legislative session draws to a close this week, a troublesome “rate review”/”prior approval” bill has come up last minute and appears to be moving. The bill would weaken New York’s landmark prior approval system where state regulators review and revise health insurance annual premium rate increases. See HCFANY’s statement of […]

You can weigh in on next year’s health insurance premiums!

Posted June, 5 2015 by Hannah Lupien

  New York’s Prior Approval law protects consumers Each year health insurance companies in New York submit applications to the Department of Financial Services (DFS) that explain their requests to raise, lower, or maintain the premiums they charge consumers for health insurance coverage. Thanks to a strong state law, New York’s DFS can reduce rate […]

The final word from Albany: NY State’s 2015-2016 Enacted Budget

Posted April, 7 2015 by Amanda

NYS legislators approved the 2015-2016 State Enacted Budget in the wee hours of April Fool’s Day last week (no joke). As always, HCFANY groups had worked hard to promote strong health insurance provisions. Here’s where things landed when it comes to key consumer health care priorities: Consumer Assistance Funding: The final budget contains $3 million […]

Spring has sprung for surprise bills protections

Posted April, 1 2015 by Amanda

Today is the day that New York’s new surprise bills protection law went into effect! The new Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law will hold New Yorkers harmless from medical bills that result from the unexpected use of “out-of-network” providers. HCFANY worked closely with consumer groups, including Consumers Union, American Cancer Society and AARP, and New York’s Department of Financial Services […]