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Coverage4All Myths

Posted May 25, 2023 by Amanda Dunker

In 2022, the FY 2023 budget deal resulted in a promise made by Governor Hochul’s Administration to seek federal funding through a 1332 Waiver to expand our Essential Plan program to all New York State residents, including immigrants who are undocumented. In a turnaround, the State’s final FY 2024 proposed budget excludes immigrants from the […]

Testimony on the 2021-2022 State Budget

Posted March 24, 2021 by Amanda Dunker

This testimony was submitted on February 25, 2021. Download a pdf below.   Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) would like to thank the chairs and members of the Assembly Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committees for providing the public an opportunity to provide our comments on the state budget. HCFANY is […]

Urgent Health Actions For 2021

Posted January 27, 2021 by Amanda Dunker

Coverage Half of New Yorkers say that they cannot afford medical care even with insurance and another 5 percent of New Yorkers, 1 million people, have no coverage at all. New York should enact the New York Health Act (S3577a/A5248a) to cover everyone. RIGHT NOW: Pass S2549/A1585 to ensure that immigrants affected by COVID-19 have […]

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An Ounce Of Prevention: Reforming the Hospital Financial Assistance Law Could Save Pounds of Patient Debt

Posted May 11, 2023 by Amanda Dunker

As patients continue to get sued for medical debt, New York’s Hospital Financial Assistance Law (HFAL) needs urgent reform. Uneven implementation and enforcement of the HFAL leaves uninsured low-income patients and patients of color with medical debts that they cannot pay, contributing to economic insecurity and poor health outcomes. This brief explains how the Ounce […]

Discharged Into Debt: Hospital Profile – Upstate University Hospital

Posted May 10, 2023 by Amanda Dunker

This brief describes the medical debt collection practices conducted by Upstate University Hospital (Upstate Hospital), located in Syracuse, New York. At 750 beds, it is the largest medical center in Central New York—and seeks to become even bigger by acquiring the 465 bed Crouse Hospital, located nearby. In October 2022, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission […]

Discharged Into Debt: New York’s Nonprofit Hospitals Garnish Patients’ Wages

Posted May 9, 2023 by Amanda Dunker

This final report in the Discharged Into Debt series investigates the practice of nonprofit hospitals garnishing patients’ wages after suing them for medical debt. A random sample of 1,611 wage garnishment cases from 5 New York hospitals indicates that the indebted patients work in low-wage occupations such as health care and social services, manufacturing, and retail. A […]

Women and Medical Debt in New York

Posted December 13, 2021 by Amanda Dunker

Medical debt is a big problem in New York. In 2021, HCFANY held focus groups to find out more about how this issue affects different people across the state. This issue brief describes what participants in the focus group for women had to say about medical billing. The women described problems with surprise billing and […]