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 1332 Waiver authorizing language and only expands the Essential Plan to higher income levels, from 200% to 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This “skinny” Waiver would only provide insurance to 20,000 New Yorkers—out of the 1 million who remain uninsured.

It’s not too late!  New York can still cover an additional 250,000 people—at NO additional cost to the State or local governments by passing a stand alone bill. All sorts of myths and theories are being floated about why we cannot include immigrants.

Here are the facts.