* * *
Legislation Would Allow New York State to Offer Its Essential Plan to More Than 400,000 New Yorkers;
* * *
"No matter where I travel across our state, the number one issue I hear from New Yorkers is that they are worried about the enormous cost of health care and whether or not they will have access to affordable health care under this administration," said
"It is critically important that we protect the most vulnerable members of our community, particularly those who struggle to afford prescription drugs, doctor visits, and other medical needs. At a time when access to healthcare is so uncertain because of the policies of the current administration, it is more important now than ever to take steps to protect the health of the public. I applaud
"Access to health care is a right, not a privilege," said Rev.
The Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018 that Gillibrand is fighting to pass would do the following:
- Expands BHP eligibility to the state's income eligibility levels for the
- Allows states to use existing federal BHP funds for administrative and start-up costs for up to one year. Provides new flexibility for states to allow them to use existing BHP funds to help with the costs of implementing a new program for up to one year after enactment. Cost sharing and administration of a new program have been cited as barriers to implementing a BHP.
BHP benefits include all 10 of the essential benefits covered under the ACA:
- Outpatient care
- Emergency services
- Maternity and newborn care
- Mental health services, including drug and alcohol addiction treatment
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitative services and devices, such as physical therapy
- Lab services including X-rays, CAT scans, bloodwork, ultrasounds, etc.
- Preventative services
- Pediatric services