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Testimony on Governor Hochul’s 2024-25 Budget Proposal

Posted January, 24 2024 by Mia Wagner

HCFANY is grateful to have had the opportunity to testify at the 2024 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Health. Our detailed written comments are linked here. The Executive Budget includes many positive proposals that will help protect consumers from medical debt and enhance their ability to access affordable health coverage, including: In addition to addressing these […]

HCFANY Applauds Governor Hochul for 2024 State of the State Proposals

Posted January, 9 2024 by Mia Wagner

Today, Governor Hochul delivered her 2024 ‘State of the State’ address. HCFANY commends the governor for proposing sweeping protections for consumers and patients across the state. HCFANY advocacy goals are prominently featured among the governor’s proposals, including: Medical Debt HCFANY commends the governor for her continued commitment to protecting the over 700,000 New Yorkers that […]

Individual Market Rates to Increase by an Average 12.4 Percent in 2024

Posted September, 12 2023 by Mia Wagner

New Yorkers bracing for health insurance premiums in the individual market are in for some unwelcome news as we look ahead to 2024. According to the latest data, individual market rates are set to surge by an average of 12.4 percent next year. Health plans had initially requested a whopping 22.1 percent average rate hike […]

Legislative Session Recap

Posted July, 13 2023 by Mia Wagner

HCFANY worked hard to further a series of important priorities during this year’s budget and legislative session. Read below for a review of what consumers won this legislative session and what remains a priority on the HCFANY policy agenda. Medical Debt Over 54,000 New Yorkers were sued by hospitals between 2015 and 2020, and nearly […]

Read HCFANY’s 2024 Rate Review Comments 

Posted July, 5 2023 by Mia Wagner

New York’s individual market premiums might increase by up to 20.4 percent in 2024. New York’s twelve individual market carriers are requesting increases ranging from 13.3 percent by MVP to a shocking 52.8 percent by Emblem. These requested increases far surpass requests from carriers in other states. Carriers in Washington and Michigan are proposing increases […]

“Most Progressive State” Budget Fails on Health Care

Posted January, 17 2019 by Amanda Dunker

The proposed executive budget is shockingly silent on health coverage: -Health insurance for immigrants left behind by the ACA:  $0 -State premium assistance for people who can’t afford coverage:  $0 -Funding to stabilize the high costs of NY’s individual market: $0. Instead, the people get a “commission” of so-called experts. What can a commission tell […]

As Hospitals Consolidate, Health Consumers Must Have a Voice

Posted July, 9 2018 by Taylor Frazier

Guest post by Lois Uttley and Emma Chessen. Remember St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, now the site of luxury condos? How about Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, now an assisted living facility? Or Cornwall Hospital, which was gradually dismantled as an inpatient facility and replaced with outpatient care? Perhaps you were a patient of Amsterdam Memorial […]

Rate Review Comments Due Sunday – Check Out Ours!

Posted June, 28 2018 by Amanda Dunker

In a recent blog post, we explained how New Yorkers can comment on the rates their insurers have requested for 2019. You can read that blog post here. The deadline for submitting comments is Sunday, July 1 so there isn’t very much time left. Comments can be submitted electronically here. And you can find our […]

HCFANY Annual Spring Meeting 2018 Recap

Posted June, 27 2018 by Taylor Frazier

On Friday, June 22, more than 70 HCFANY members from across the state gathered in Albany for our annual spring to learn about the Coalition’s ongoing and upcoming work to strengthen and expand health coverage all for New Yorkers and promote health equity. As you all know, it has been a very challenging year for health […]