Governor Hochul Can Protect Health Consumers by Signing Interest Rate and Health Equity Bills!

Posted September, 17 2021 by Amanda Dunker

By Bob Cohen, Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York In the 2021 session’s closing weeks, the Assembly and Senate each passed two important pieces of legislation, which — if signed by the Governor — will strongly assist health care consumers. Lawsuits Against Consumers: Between 2015 and 2019, New York hospitals sued over 40,000 New […]

Rate Actions Taken by New York’s Department of Financial Services Will Save New Yorkers $607 Million in 2022

Posted August, 13 2021 by Amanda Dunker

The Department of Financial Services released its final 2022 rate decisions today, and once again our prior approval law has resulted in huge savings for New Yorkers. Individual market insurers requested an average premium increase of 11.2% this year. After reviewing their requests, DFS knocked that down to just 3.7%, a 67% decrease! That means […]

Medicare’s Care Compare Tool and Implications for New York State’s NYHealthcareCompare Website

Posted August, 5 2021 by Amanda Dunker

By Anna Szilagyi, Outreach & Program Development Coordinator, Medicare Rights Center In September 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched Care Compare, a redesign of their previous health care compare sites on Medicare.gov. Care Compare streamlines eight separate sites into one tool that allows Medicare beneficiaries to compare doctors and clinicians, hospitals, […]

Rate Review Comments are Due July 6: Read HCFANY’s Comments Here!

Posted July, 1 2021 by Amanda Dunker

Insurers offering products in New York’s individual, small group, and Medicare Advantage markets submit applications to the Department of Financial Services (DFS) each year which describes how premiums will change and why. DFS (and HCFANY!) encourage consumers to respond to these requests by share their experiences with DFS. How affordable do you think your current […]