Members of the New York State Legislature held a schedule hearing today (October 10) where they took testimony on the potential enactment of the New York Health Act.
The proposed legislation would replace traditional health insurance and public health coverage programs with a comprehensive single-payer system for all New Yorkers.
Such a program would be publicly funded and include existing federal support for Medicaid and Medicare.
Residents would no longer have to pay premiums, deductibles, copays, out-of-network charges or have limited provider networks.
Cost remains a primary obstacle to accessing healthcare, whether an individual is insured, underinsured or uninsured. Not to mention, those who are able to access healthcare are often left with significant debt.
Running today’s proceedings were Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried. The hearing took place in Rochester and is part of a series on the topic to gather input from around the state.