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The Essential Plan: A Health Care Success in NYS

From skyrocketing costs to lack of transparency, it’s easy to identify the problems plaguing today’s health care system. With all the negative news out there, it’s important to celebrate the positive. Here in New York, the Essential Plan has become a shining star and proven its ability to provide high-quality, affordable health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable state residents.

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Single Payer – Beyond the Headlines

First impressions matter.

From handshakes to headlines, what we see, how we feel, and the way we think about something or someone is often determined in a matter of seconds. So you can imagine my concern (outrage, really) when I recently woke up to read the headline, “Single Payer Financially Feasible in NY.”

If you took the time to actually read the article, which was based on a recent RAND study, you would almost certainly conclude that single-payer – a system in which the government runs your health care – would not only obliterate the state’s economy, but would have grave effects on the quality of care you receive in New York.

But alas, not everyone reads past the headline…

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Bill Would Limit Patient Access to Cheaper Drugs

More than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. The condition is well-known for restricting a patient’s airway, making it difficult to breathe and often causing coughing and wheezing. In addition to putting the squeeze on a person’s lungs, asthma is also putting pressure on patients’ wallets, as the cost of inhalers has risen to about $5,000 a year.

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