New Yorkers wondering how their medical insurance will be affected by the health care bill passed by the House will have their eyes on Albany, which will be under pressure to pick up some of the costs now covered by Washington.
The historically liberal state offers some of the top Medicaid benefits in the country.
An analysis by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office estimates that the House GOP’s American Health Care Act — which faces substantial changes in the Senate — would deprive the state of $6.9 billion by 2020.
Those funds have been used to increase the number of New Yorkers enrolled in Medicaid and the government-funded Essential Plan, which serves residents whose incomes are just above the poverty level.
Since ObamaCare was implemented, New York has cut its uninsured rate in half to 5 percent — a historic low.
“Today’s vote to approve the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could undermine those coverage gains . . . Cuts to Medicaid and the elimination of the Essential Plan could result in more than 1 million New Yorkers losing health insurance coverage,” said David Sandman, CEO of the New York State Health Foundation. Read full story