1.7M New Yorkers Will Lack Coverage After Reform

On January 30th, Urban Institute issued a report that forecasts the impact of health care reform on the uninsured population in New York State. Currently 14% of New York’s population does not have health coverage. While this is lower than the national average of 16%, New York is one of the states with the highest number of…

Lessons “Unlearned” from Healthy NY

Like many other New York State programs, Healthy New York aims to offer services for the most vulnerable, susceptible, and disenfranchised citizens of the state. It is a state-sponsored health insurance program uniquely designed to offer cheap, affordable coverage to those most exposed to what is known as the “health insurance gap”. In layman’s terms, this…

“Healthcare…It’s On Aisle 7”

In 2014, almost everyone must buy health insurance or face tax penalties. Health Exchanges serve as the vehicle for consumers to buy health plans via a state-run website. New York recently shared their intentions for their State-based Health Exchange website. It looks very similar to the user experience of a Travelocity.com or Expedia.com. A user can enroll with a log…

Similiar to Jay-Z, HHS Delays Blueprint

Back in 2008, Jay-Z’s much-anticipated album, Blueprint 3, was set for release. It was complete with hits like “D.O.A.”, “On To the Next One”, “Run This Town”, “What We Talkin’ About”, and everyone’s favorite anthem, “Empire State of Mind”. Unfortunately, Jay-Z delayed the release date to the fall of 2009 to much chagrin from the Hiphop community. In…

Free Market Lessons from Sweden’s Single Payer System

With over 313 million people, the United States spends over 17% of its GDP on health expenditures while over 14% of its population lacks health insurance. This has led to runaway costs, access to care issues, and worries of severe physician shortages in 2014. On the contrary, Sweden, with a much smaller, homogenous population of 9.4…

It’s a Rotten Apple for NY’s Small Businesses

An indepth look at health care regulations that uniquely contribute to high health insurance costs in New York Want to start a small business and help our staggering economy? Think twice about NY. Studies continue to show that affordable health coverage is the top concern for small businesses in this state. Contrary to popular belief…

The Curious Case of Kansas

On April 28, 2009, Kathleen Sebelius joined the Obama Administration as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It was one month and five days after the President signed his landmark healthcare legislation into law. Sebelius’ primary task would be to lead the massive implementation effort of a very complex bill…