2012 Press Releases
- HPA on Supreme Court´s ACA Ruling
New York Health Plan Association Response to Supreme Court Ruling
Statement by Paul F. Macielak, New York Health Plan Association president & CEO
“The New York Health Plan Association (HPA) is encouraged by today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, which will provide much needed health insurance coverage for many uninsured New Yorkers,” said Paul Macielak, HPA’s president and CEO.
“The New York Health Plan Association and our member health plans have been active partners with New York in ongoing efforts to expand access to care and coverage — before the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court recognized that the individual mandate is integral to community rating and guaranteed issue, whereas New York has been a clear example of why the market does not work without the individual mandate. New York’s individual, direct-pay market is seriously broken and today’s ruling will stop the existing death spiral.”
“The Supreme Court’s decision will expand access to health coverage for small businesses and individuals by ensuring that much needed subsidies are available to help purchase insurance. It also opens the door for New York to begin working to fix the existing problems — including addressing and controlling the underlying cost of health care — and craft solutions that ensure the availability of affordable coverage on a sustainable basis,” noted Macielak. “
“We remain committed to working with the governor, legislature, providers and consumers to implement policies to further increase access to affordable health insurance for New Yorkers.”
- APD Project Charter
- HPA Statement on DFS Doctor Billing Report
HPA Statement on DFS Doctor Billing Report Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Health Plan Association Welcomes DFS Report on Doctor Billing Abuses
Statement of Paul F. Macielak, president & CEO of the New York Health Plan Association“Today’s report from the Department of Financial Services shines a bright light on the ongoing problem of ‘surprise’ bills by non-participating physicians providing out-of-network services as well as excessive billing for emergency room services. These egregious practices contribute to the rising cost of health insurance for New Yorkers.
“For years, the New York Health Plan Association (HPA) has raised this issue as a problem. HPA and its member plans support efforts to improve transparency and provide consumers with more information about their health care costs. True transparency, though, requires not only information about what plans pay, but also what physicians charge for their services. Patients need the information about what doctors charge in order to accurately calculate what their insurance will pay for out-of-network services and what their own out-of-pocket responsibility will be.
“Plans remain committed to participating in solutions that provide New York consumers with meaningful information on the cost of health care. To that end, we will work closely with the Department of Financial Services to enact policies and processes that protect consumers from abusive billing practices while ensuring coverage of appropriate out-of-network services. However, in the ongoing effort to ensure New Yorkers have access to affordable health insurance coverage, it is imperative that any such measures do not end up increasing premiums or disrupting existing provider networks.”
- HPA release on 2012-13 State Budget
The New York Health Plan Association (HPA) was happy to see the proposed Department of Health budget does not include any new taxes on health insurers. However, there are questions and concerns about other budget provisions.
- HPA Testimony on 2012-13 State Budget
The New York Health Plan Association (HPA) applauds the fact that the proposed Department of Health budget does not include any new taxes on health insurers, but also raises questions about other budget provisions in testimony presented to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways & Means Committees hearing on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal.