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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.”


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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.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.


S.425 (Seward) / A. (Crespo) - AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to the definition of small group; and to repeal section 7 of chapter 12 of the laws of 2015 relating to directing the superintendent of financial services to contract with an independent entity to conduct an assessment regarding the impact of the prohibition on the sale of stop loss, catastrophic and reinsurance coverage to the small group market relating thereto.


S.4546 (Seward) / A.1711 (Hevesi) - AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to exceptions to the general prohibition on rebating.  This bill would allow insurance producers, within the scope of their licensure and as part of commissions paid or fees earned, to provide certain services to assist insurers and policyholders in the interpretation, management and communication of certain insurance policies or health plan contracts and their costs.


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.


S.4150 (Griffo) / A.5677 (Seawright) - AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to health insurance coverage for mammography by breast tomosynthesis.  This bill would require all health plans and insurance policies that provide coverage for hospital, surgical or medical care, to also cover breast tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography, for screening for occult breast cancer.


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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