Plans to Protect Access to Quality Health Care for New Yorkers

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a new plan Monday which he argued would safeguard Affordable Care Act health care provisions in NY state in the event of a full repeal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will install a series of measures to fight the potential repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act, including a preemptive rebuke to insurers looking to back out of the state's insurance marketplace. Analysts say millions could lose their insurance under plans being discussed in Congress.

The state also will require insurers to cover contraceptive drugs and devices without charging co-pays or deductibles.

Additional information about Cuomo's regulations can be found here.

Cuomo said the state will "not stand idly by" as Republicans in Washington jeopardize health coverage of millions of New Yorkers by working to repeal the landmark Affordable Care Act.

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He said any plan that withdraws from the state-run insurance exchange will be barred from participating in Medicaid or otherwise contracting with the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking steps to prevent healthcare changes in NY.

New York insurers have concerns about the plan, especially since the regulations to put it in place aren't yet available, said Leslie Moran, senior vice president at the New York Health Plan Association.

The Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services may issue model contract language identifying the coverage requirements for all individual and small group accident and health insurance policies that provide hospital, surgical, or medical expense coverage and all student accident and health insurance policies delivered or issued for delivery in New York State.

Under the new regs, the state will require that individual and small group accident and health insurance policies - which provide hospital, surgical or medical expense coverage, as well as student accident and health insurance policies - cover the same categories of essential health benefits that now apply through Obamacare.

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