2011 — May 16
Testimony of Bob Cohen, Policy Director for Citizen Action of New York, on the establishment of a Health Insurance Exchange in New York State
Our overarching message is one that we believe you will hear again and again: New York State must pass exchange legislation in 2011. It is critical that the state access the guaranteed multi-year funding that will be made available to states by acting this year. Further, we must begin in 2011 to take numerous steps – from revamping state IT systems to hiring staff – that are dependent on the existence of an exchange. We are hopeful that the Governor will soon propose exchange legislation, and that both houses of the Legislature can then rapidly begin negotiations – through an open process with continued consumer participation – to arrive at an agreement on final legislation by the end of session.