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Healthcare Advocates: “Hey Senate – Get Back to Albany!”

July 13, 2011

ALBANY, N.Y. - State lawmakers were praised in some corners for the flurry of bills passed just before they adjourned last month. They capped property taxes and legalized same-sex marriage - but only got half the job done on legislation to set up a health-insurance exchange.

The exchange, which would enable more children, parents and seniors to afford policies, is part of the 2010 federal health-care overhaul.

Bob Cohen, of the coalition Health Care For All New Yorkers, says the exchange will help people shop for the best rates.

"What the new health-insurance exchange will do is allow Long Islanders and other New Yorkers to make apples-to-apples comparisons between different health-insurance plans."

The Assembly passed the legislation but the Senate did not bring it to a vote. Some Senate critics saw the exchanges as part of what they called "Obamacare" and needed more time to study it. However, Cohen says both parties and Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to an agreement, and he's sure the exchange will be created. He acknowledges that there were dissenters in both houses, but points out that if New York doesn't create its own exchange, the federal government would have to run it for the state.

"There were some members of the Legislature that raised some ideological problems with so-called 'Obamacare' - we don't call it that - but we think that reason will prevail."

The exchange would certify health-insurance plans to ensure they meet the minimum standards under federal law, says Cohen, adding that it would also boost consumers' buying power.

"We also believe that the existence of the exchange would allow consumers to pool their buying power and, therefore, get far lower rates than they would pay in the market today."

A special Senate session may be called to deal with this and other unfinished business before summer's end. The Department of Health and Human Services released the proposed regulations for the exchanges on Monday.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY