New Yorks two major hospital associations separately unveiled broad healthcare reform proposals in anticipation of Gov. Eliot Spitzers stated intent to revamp the state healthcare system. The Healthcare Association of New York State called for universal coverage for children and for halving the number of uninsured in the state by 2010 by simplifying eligibility for government programs. HANYS also called for modernizing the state certificate-of-need program, requiring insurers to pay claims responsibly, reforming the medical liability system and ensuring that access to health services isnt negatively impacted by the proliferation of free-standing for-profit surgery and imaging centers. Read the HANYS proposals.
Separately, a partnership of the Greater New York Hospital Association and Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union urged all sectors of the healthcare system, including insurers and drug and device manufacturers, to step up to the plate to be part of the solution. In a white paper, the GNYHA/1199 SEIU Healthcare Education Project outlined proposals to help cover the uninsured, provide better case management and care coordination in the Medicaid program, and reform the medical liability system. The groups said the proposals will re-balance the economic relationship between highly profitable health insurers and the providers who actually take care of patients. Read the white paper. -- by Cinda Becker