Happy Birthday to the Affordable Care Act!

Posted March, 23 2020 by Amanda Dunker

Today marks ten years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since then, the ACA has helped over 20 million Americans enroll in health insurance. This year in New York, nearly five million people used the NY State of Health to enroll in health insurance. Before the ACA, there was no central location […]

Uninsured New Yorkers Can Get Insurance Through the NY State of Health Until April 15

Posted March, 17 2020 by Amanda Dunker

The New York State Department of Health has announced a special enrollment period in response to the spread of COVID-19. That means if you are uninsured, you have special permission to buy health insurance through the NY State of Health Marketplace (https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/). This special enrollment period ends April 15 – so don’t wait! What does […]

As Pandemic Spreads, New York’s Non-Profit Hospitals Sue Patients Seeking Help

Posted March, 12 2020 by Amanda Dunker

By Bob Cohen, Policy Director, Citizen Action New York The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing just how broken the US health care system is, including our inability to control disease outbreaks when many people simply cannot afford basic medical care. Patients should never fear seeking medical care because of cost, but for many New Yorkers that […]

New York Can Stop Surprise Out-of-Network Bills!

Posted February, 24 2020 by Amanda Dunker

By Diana Zheng, Outreach and Education Coordinator at the Women’s Health Program at Community Catalyst Shirley, a New York City resident, ended up with a $30,000 bill she didn’t expect after surgery for back pain in 2016. The cause? Bad information from both her insurance plan directory and her surgeon’s office that led Shirley to […]