|NOW IS THE TIME
FOR ALBANY TO STEP UP ON HEALTH CARE
young people,19-29 years of age, get access to health
A 8401 Senate 5469: Summary and
Call your Senators now:
The political paralysis has
ended. And the Senators are back to
should take action right now to
help young people get access to good health insurance.
There is no need to wait. The Assembly has passed
A8401, sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Morelle.
And, the same bill is pending in the Senate, S5469
(Breslin). This law will offer lower cost insurance to
persons, and preserve New York's landmark community
On October 2008, BALCONY, AMERICAN CANCER
SOCIETY, DEMOS, FREELANCERS UNION and
NYU WAGNER ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION held a special forum on the plight of
uninsured New Yorkers in their 20's -- a group that
includes more than
800,000 people, many of them working and/or
living in New York without health
At that time, we issued a
report, Young Adults In
New York State, which concluded the
Providing health care for New
York's 800,000 uninsured young adults is costing
hundreds of millions of dollars a year as youths are
utilizing hospital emergency rooms as their primary care
physicians. Furthermore, a profound human cost is
incurred as the uninsured are vulnerable to potentially
catastrophic medical hardships and, consequently,
economic difficulties. Young people have some of
the greatest health needs, but have significantly
reduced access to an adequate health system. Instead,
they are faced with combating a system that is
structurally and fiscally stacked against them.
York State and the federal government should give
priority to developing an affordable choice for
providing young adults with health insurance.
Unfortunately, this issue is clouded by the current
uncertain economic times.
Additionally, this age group
is twice as likely to be uninsured as are older New
Yorkers, and this group amounts to almost 1/3 of all
those who are uninsured. Many of these young
adults are just getting their start in the workforce or
work for employers who do not offer health
Their alternative is to pay
nearly $1,000 a month for an individual policy, or roll
the dice...bet that their youthful good luck will
BALCONY and the American Cancer Society
support this plan to protect the "young invincibles" by
granting them the ability to obtain low cost health
insurance. We are delighted that key lawmakers decided
to maintain community rating and create a special
COBRA-type extension that allows young people to
buy into their parent's employer-based coverage.
This would give them the benefit of the group
rate, cutting premiums in half (to between $400 and $500
a month). Employers would not
the meantime, Gov. Paterson calls for those young people
earning less than 200% of the poverty level to be
eligible for expanded Family Health Plus, already
approved by the Legislature, and now awaiting a green
light from the federal government.
your Senators now!
COBRA TWO YEARS|
Senators can also show they understand problems people
are having during this recession by extending to two
years the amount of time that laid-off workers can carry
their existing health insurance through COBRA.
This step costs the state nothing, and
simply allows individuals to maintain coverage until
they get a new job with benefits.|
This is particularly important
for individuals and families with pre-existing
conditions, such as cancer or high blood pressure or
The Assembly passed this bill
early in June. Now the Senate should act and pass
S5471 ... ASAP!
Call your Senators now: (518)
|VIDEO REPORT: PORT AUTHORITY
OF NY & NJ FORUM, JUNE
Port Authority Executive
On June 18, 2009, BALCONY
, the Business
and Labor Coalition of New York, staged an informative
forum on the financial challenges facing New York as we
attempt to fund the pressing infrastructure needs of our
state and region. Chris Ward, the Executive Director of
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed
the authority's $3.3 billion capital plan, warning that
key projects may be sacrificed if all available capital
is allocated to the Silverstein Project at the World
Trade Center site.
The impact of the
$24 billion federal stimulus on New York infrastructure
and construction and the recently announced New York
State proposal to foster the creation of public private
partnerships were debated at the forum by government,
business and labor leaders.
Click here for the
follow-up (including videos of the presentations): Forum
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