Governor David A. Paterson today announced the launch of a new State website on Federal health care reform. The website - www.HealthCareReform.ny.gov - includes descriptions of health care reform, how it will benefit New Yorkers, and the progress of implementation in the State. The website also includes information on how residents can obtain health insurance coverage and the public programs already in place in the State.
"Federal health care reform includes many benefits that will protect the health of our residents, including increased protections for health insurance enrollees, the expansion of eligibility for public insurance programs, a focus on quality and efficiency in the delivery of health care services, and development of programs that emphasize preventive care," Governor Paterson said. "I encourage all New Yorkers to use this website to learn about the provisions included within federal health care reform and the progress of implementing them in our State."
The website also includes a timeline of when specific provisions of health care reform go into effect. Several reforms take effect this summer, including a temporary high risk pool for people with medical conditions that are expensive to treat, an early retiree reinsurance program that will help offset the cost of providing health insurance to retirees age 55 and over who are not eligible for Medicare, and the mailing of rebate checks to Medicare Part D enrollees who reach the "donut hole" coverage gap.
"Federal health care reform is the most influential and beneficial change to the American health care system since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. In New York, we have a long and proud history of working to ensure low-income children and adults have access to health insurance. As health care reform legislation moved through Congress, I worked closely with our Congressional Delegation to win changes that ensure the reforms protect New Yorkers and our State's fiscal integrity. I'd like to thank our entire Congressional Delegation, led by Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Rangel, and Congressman Engel, for their efforts to create a healthier future for New Yorkers and all Americans. This website is a useful resource for New Yorkers to learn about the new reforms as they take effect throughout the next several years," Governor Paterson added.