Thomas W. Faist, Esq. Daniel L. Colacino James D. Schutzer
Legislative Counsel Legislative Co-Chair Legislative Co-Chair

 

 

NYSAHU is the one organization that has been guiding New York State officials and working to promote the value of our agents and brokers.

NYSAHU’s Annual Day on the Hill is an opportunity to network with peers in our industry, learn valuable insight from government and legislative representatives and have your voice be heard!  Save the date - May 8th and 9th!

 

 

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Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies

 


 

2015-2016 Report of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Health: 238th-239th Legislative Session

 


January 21, 2017 - “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a series of actions to firmly secure access to reproductive rights in New York State. Through regulatory action, the State will ensure that contraceptive drugs and devices are covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles regardless of the future of the Affordable Care Act; contraceptives are available in amounts exceeding one month’s supply at a time; and all medically necessary abortion services are covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.”

 

Links to the circular letter and regulations are below:

 

 

New York State Health Care Quality and Cost Containment Commission

In 2007 the Legislature created the New York State Health Care Quality and Cost Containment Commission (codified in Section 213 of the Insurance Law) which was charged with analyzing the impact on health-insurance costs of proposed legislation that mandates health benefits be offered or made available in individual and group health-insurance policies, contracts and comprehensive health service plans. The Commission was also directed to study the delivery of health benefits or services and the reimbursement of health care providers.

To the best of our knowledge, this Commission has never met because certain legislative appointments were never finalized. We urge that the appointments process be expedited and that the Commission be constituted without any further delay. Until such time as the Commission is functioning, we respectfully ask that all pending mandates be held in abeyance until such time as they are submitted and evaluated by the Commission, which shall conduct its cost/benefit analysis and report its recommendations to the Governor, Legislature and the public.



2017 Legislative session - NYSAHU Letters of Support and Memos in Opposition


A.5535 (Gjonaj) / S.1783 (Klein) - AN ACT to amend the insurance law and the public health law, in relation to making actuarially appropriate reductions in health insurance premiums in return for an enrollee’s or insured’s participation in a qualified wellness program.

 

Memo in Opposition to Single Payer
A.4739 (Gottfried) / S.4371 (Perkins) - AN ACT An act to amend the public health law and the state finance law, in relation to establishing New York Health.  This bill would create a universal single payer health plan called "New York Health," purportedly to provide comprehensive health coverage for all New Yorkers, to be financed by assessments based upon a graduated payroll tax (paid 80% by employers and 20% by employees, and 100% by self-employed) and a surcharge on other taxable income. Private insurance that duplicates benefits offered under New York Health could not be offered to New York residents.

 

Memo in Opposition to Mandated Contraceptive Coverage
A.1378 (Cahill) - AN ACT to amend the insurance law, the social services law, the education law and the public health law, in relation to requiring health insurance policies to include coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and products, as well as voluntary sterilization procedures, contraceptive education and counseling, and related follow up services and prohibiting a health insurance policy from imposing any cost-sharing requirements or other restrctions or delays with respect to this coverage.
 
 

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