The exchange did indeed make it into Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address (his official speech anyways, not the abridged version he actually said), which is great news for New Yorkers. To quote from his speech book:
“When the Exchange is implemented, more than 1 million New Yorkers will gain health coverage and individuals who currently buy their coverage directly will see their cost drop by 66%. Small businesses will see the cost of providing coverage to their employees drop by 22%… We must enact the legislation necessary to establish the Health Insurance Exchange now.”
Those are some hefty numbers! And for millions of New Yorkers, these changes are long, long overdue. We are ecstatic to hear Governor Cuomo publicly prioritizing this as an issue. This is making out to be a very promising session for health reform. Now let’s get to work!
Click here to read Governor’ Cuomo’s official speech book for his State of the State address. (See page 24 for the bit about the Exchange)