Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'reform'

Vermont's Single-Payer Health Care Bill Moves Ahead - NYTimes.com

Vermont's experiment with single payer is getting serious: Many people move to Vermont in search of a slower pace; Dr. Deb Richter came in 1999 to work obsessively toward a far-fetched goal. She wanted Vermont to become the first state...

Governor Creates Medicaid Redesign Team

From the Albany Business Review: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has created a "Medicaid Redesign Team" and given it just a few months to change the state's Medicaid system. In his Jan. 5 State of the State address, Cuomo noted...

Lt. Governor Calls for Medicaid Overhaul

From today's New York Times online: Describing Medicaid as a "massive program" whose growth threatens the state's finances, Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch is calling for significant changes in New York's health care benefits for the poor and disabled, lobbing a...

Mass. Residents Gaming Health Insurance System (Surprise!)

Coming as a surprise to exactly no one that actually thought about the Massachusetts health reform effort when it was being debated: The number of people who appear to be gaming the state’s health insurance system by purchasing coverage only...

MA Eyes Health Plans

From the Boston Globe on boston.com: State officials said they sent letters to three health insurers earlier this year asking them to accept more intense oversight and supply additional data because of concerns about their financial health. One of the...

Paterson Forms Health Reform "Cabinet"

Reported online yesterday at the The Business Review (Albany): New York Gov. David Paterson has assembled a cabinet to guide the state’s compliance with all requirements of the recent federal health care overhaul. Paterson announced the cabinet on Thursday. It...

Progressive States Grumble Over Senate Health Bill

The New York Times reports in a December 26 article that some states are discontented with federal health reform efforts: States that have already broadly expanded health care coverage are pushing back against the Senate overhaul bill, arguing that it...

Editorial: Cut Health Care Premium Taxes

From today's Albany Times Union: If the governor sincerely wants to reduce health insurance premiums, he would be wise to not only stop balancing the budget on the backs of the insured, but to begin looking at ways to reduce...

Governor Signs Law Expanding Dependent Coverage Options, Other Managed Care Reforms

On July 29 Governor Paterson announced that he signed Assembly 9038/Senate 6030 into law, which extends the coverage option for unmarried dependent children of policyholders from the current 19 years of age (or 21 for full-time students) to 29 years...

Partnership for Coverage Releases Report

New York's "Partnership for Coverage" released its final report, nearly two years in the making, on several initiatives to reduce the number of uninsured New Yorkers and the attendant costs of each. The report itself, found here, is 17 pages...

"Partnership for Coverage" Adds Hearing Dates

On the DOH website: The public hearing schedule on ways to expand health insurance coverage and improve the health care system in New York has been expanded to include a statewide telephone call-in session on October 10 and a Rochester...

First "Partnership for Coverage" Public Hearing

The Governor's "Partnership for Coverage" program kicked off yesterday with a public hearing in Glens Falls. Here's an excerpt from DOH's press release: The first of six public hearings to be held across New York State was held today in...

Attorney General Opposes Provider Quality/Cost Rankings

Saturday's New York Times reports on an effort by the Attorney General's office to shut down UnitedHealthcare's imminent pricing and quality rankings: In a sharply worded letter, the New York State attorney general's office asked a health insurance company yesterday...

Governor Broaches Issue of Universal Coverage

Today's New York Times online announces Governor Spitzer's initiative to bring a universal health coverage plan to New York: Gov. Eliot Spitzer's administration is poised to begin an ambitious and potentially expensive push to expand health coverage to nearly three...

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