ON ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE 2/14/2017
NEW YORK HEALTH ACT
A4738 Gottfried, et al/S4371 Perkins
The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union members and their families, as well as our retirees and their families, supports the above referenced legislation.
This bill would enact the New York Health Act to establish a single payer, universal health care system in New York State. All residents would be eligible to participate and enroll in NY Health which would establish a comprehensive medical insurance program, coordinate that program with all current providers including Taft-Hartley funds, and establish parameters with regard to enrollment, covered services, provider participation and other aspects of the program.
The cost of maintaining the current system of health care in today’s economy has made it cost-prohibitive for too many employers to provide insurance for their workers. Those employers that are able to afford this cost are finding it harder to do so, thanks in large part to multi-payer systems which contributes to out-of-control costs.
Not only are employers feeling this hardship, but as more of the cost has been passed along to workers in the form of higher premiums, deductibles and copays, the financial well-being of workers is being challenged. Unions are finding it more difficult to negotiate pay raises and other benefits as a result of holding the line on health insurance benefits. Meanwhile, those who do not have insurance, particularly if they are not eligible for subsidies to pay for coverage required under the Affordable Care Act, face even more extreme financial hardship.
This bill would codify the right to access health care in this state, and by establishing a single payer system it will alleviate employers and individuals from the costs of health insurance or worse, drastic medical bills that can lead to financial ruin. This will reduce overall cost in the system and allow for more effective administration and management for the provision of health care. The bill further will reduce long term health care costs by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to ongoing and regular preventative care.
Therefor this federation urges passage.
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