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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.

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