Rate Review Comments are Due Soon – Check Out Ours!

Posted June, 25 2020 by Amanda Dunker

Each year, the Department of Financial Services reviews applications from insurers in the individual, small group, and Medicare Advantage markets and decides whether rates should go up, down, or stay the same. This year, insurers are asking for an average increase of 11.7% in the individual market, which is too much for consumers to manage […]

Here’s How to Comment on Insurers’ Rate Increase Requests

Posted June, 22 2020 by Amanda Dunker

Consumers in New York have the chance to comment on requested premium increases in the individual and small group health insurance markets. The applications, where insurers justify their requests, are available through the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) (you can submit comments online here; see below for direct links to each individual application). […]

New York Can Change the Conditions That Let COVID-19 Kill African-Americans at Quadruple and Double the Rates of White People

Posted June, 4 2020 by Amanda Dunker

A new paper from the Community Service Society of New York describes how policy decisions made by state leaders over the past 30 years concentrated health care resources in whiter, wealthier communities. Those choices contributed to the incredibly disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on people of color, including a death rate that is quadruple for […]

Some Budget Wins!

Posted April, 3 2020 by Amanda Dunker

New York State’s budget included harmful changes to Medicaid – though many of those changes are delayed (see our joint statement with other Medicaid advocates here). The Medicaid cuts are going to be an on-going issue throughout the year. But outside the Medicaid budget, there were a few wins for consumers. Full Funding for Consumer […]