Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a post
on its blog regarding New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’s position on why the Senate should not move forward in passing Exchange legislation, including (1) a study
by the CATO Institute estimating that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may cost the state more than $65 billion due to Medicaid expansion; (2) an assertion that the state will not miss an opportunity to receive federal grant funds by not passing Exchange legislation in 2012; (3) lack of guidance on the Essential Health Benefits (EHB); and (4) a comment
from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius last December noting that it is “appropriate” for the state to wait to establish an Exchange. In its blog post, HCFANY blog explains why each of Skelos’s arguments is flawed, and the need for the Senate to bring an Exchange bill to the floor early this year.