#MedicalDebtMonday: Tell Governor Hochul It’s Time to End Medical Debt

Posted October, 3 2022 by Amanda Dunker

This summer, New York leaders passed two key pieces of legislation that would provide much-needed relief to patients burdened by medical debt: S.6522A/A.7363A: Prohibits a lien being placed on a person’s primary residence for medical debt judgments and prohibits wage garnishment for medical debt judgments. S.2521C/A.3470C: Requires hospitals to disclose additional “facility fees,” which cover […]

Embedding Racial and Ethnic Impact Analysis Into New York Policymaking: A Moral Imperative

Posted August, 22 2022 by Amanda Dunker

Guest Post By Missy Genadri, Economic Mobility and Health Policy Associate | Children’s Defense Fund – New York The COVID-19 pandemic has unequivocally laid bare the deep-rooted and irrefutable racial and ethnic health disparities that have long negatively impacted New Yorkers of color – and the devastating consequences such disparities can have.  But our State’s […]

Individual Market Rates to Increase by an Average 9.7% in 2023

Posted August, 19 2022 by Amanda Dunker

New Yorkers who buy health insurance in the individual market will see premiums go up by an average of 9.7% in 2023. Health plans originally requested an average increase of 18.7%, but this was reduced by almost half through New York’s prior approval process. The table below shows the plan’s requests and the rates that […]

NEW: NY’s Non-Profit Hospitals Withhold Patient Wages at an Alarming Rate

Posted August, 4 2022 by Amanda Dunker

New York’s non-profit hospitals can seize up to 10% of a patients’ wages to collect medical debt, an aggressive tactic that puts the health and well-being of low-income New Yorkers at risk.  The Community Service Society of NY’s latest research reveals that five of New York’s nonprofit hospitals garnished the wages of 2,216 patients – […]