The New York Health Act-A 5062 and S 3525
The New York Health Act was introduced in the New York State Assembly by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried. The Assembly and Senate bill numbers are as follows: A05062
Assemblyman Gottfried is the Chairman of the Assembly’s committee on health. He has introduced this bill calling every year since 1999. This year, there is more support and there have been hearings and town halls around the state. There are now 18 co-sponsors of the bill.
This bill would establish a single payer, universal health care system in New York State and would replace the current multi-payer system of employer based insurance, individually acquired insurance, and federally sponsored programs such as Medicare and Medicaid with a single billing source that would be funded by assessments collected by New York State where the assessments are based on income and ability to pay.
There would be a payroll assessment similar to the Medicare tax that is currently in effect. All New York State residents would be eligible to participate and enroll in NY Health. A process would have to be established to account for many New York State residents who are enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid since Medicare and Medicaid are the two biggest sources of medical payments in New York State.
Cosponsors: Abinanti, Barron, Benedetto, Bichotte, Blake, Bronson, Brook-Krasny, Clark, Colton, Cook, Crespo, Cymbrowitz, Dinowitz, Englebright, Gantt, Hikind, Jaffee, Jean-Pierre, Joyner, Kavanagh, Kim, Lavine, Lifton, Linares, Lupardo, Mosley, Peoples-Stokes, Perry, Pichardo, Ramos, Roberts, Rodriguez, Rosenthal, Russell, Schimel, Seawright, Sepulveda, Steck, Stirpe, Titone, Titus, Walker, Weinstein, Weprin, Dilan, Gjonaj
Multisponsors: Abbate, Arroyo, Aubry, Brennan, Cahill, Davila, Fahy, Farrell, Glick, Gunther, Hooper, Lentol, Magee, Magnarelli, Markey, Mayer, McDonald, O’Donnell, Ortiz, Paulin, Persaud, Pretlow, Quart, Rivera, Robinson, Rozic, Simon, Skartados, Solages, Thiele, Wright