New Legislation Pushing for a More Equitable Healthcare System
CaHPSA E-Newsletter ∙ Volume 2, Issue 7  January 2021
Hello health justice advocates!

          Healthcare has been a hot topic of discussion among many political groups as we start 2021. Our experience with this pandemic has gotten more people questioning why healthcare needs to be so expensive or why it needs to be tied to one's employment. While the movement for a universal healthcare system has been going on for a while in California, thanks to organizations like California Physicians Alliance and many others, there has been a big push for a state-funded universal health care system on the east coast as well. New York is attempting to pass the New York Health Act (NYHA), which would implement a single payer healthcare system for all residents and full time employees of New York State. The NYHA is sponsored in the New York State Assembly by Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried (A.5248a) and in the Senate by State Senator Gustavo Rivera (S.3577a). This system would seek to remove all private insurance and place every New York resident and employee under a single, comprehensive universal healthcare plan provided by the state. By eliminating private health insurance, you also remove any restrictive networks and allow people to have full control over which medical provider they wish to see. This also means that there are no more co-pays, deductibles, or out-of-pocket expenses for patients. Medical providers can focus more of their time on their patients' treatments, and less of their time on the phone with insurance companies. To find out about more of the benefits of the New York Health Act, click here.
          A single payer system is very different from the current system at play in the United States, so there is a lot of doubt surrounding the effectiveness of such a system. One of the biggest questions surrounding a government funded system such as the one discussed above, is how it will be paid for? Most of the fear behind this question is based on the assumption that it will heavily raise taxes and that people will end up having to pay more than they currently do on healthcare. This is simply not true. According to the New York Health Campaign, moving to a single payer system would yield a net savings of about 11 billion dollars and would reduce healthcare costs for 90% of individuals. This saving comes from the absurd amount of money that is currently wasted on administrative costs and profiteering of these health insurance companies.
          CaHPSA and CaPA are prominent supporters of the single payer movement and it is great to also see other states trying to implement this healthcare system. Developing a stable single payer system that works efficiently in a few states is the stepping stone to be able to recreate a similar system nationwide.
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