According to a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office, an estimated 2.7 million New Yorkers would lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were repealed. New York State would lose $3.7 billion in federal funding for coverage including nearly $600 million that would have gone directly to the counties.
The release breaks down the estimated number of individuals who would lose coverage and the estimated amount of federal funding that would be lost by county. According to the data included in the press release, more than 2.1 million of the New Yorkers who stand to lose health coverage live in just 10 counties: Bronx, Erie, Kings, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, and Westchester.
It is abundantly clear that as Governor Cuomo states, “The cost of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to state and local budgets and to the New Yorkers who depend on its health care coverage, is simply too high to justify.”