BY KAREN DEWITT (NYS CAPITOL CORRESPONDENT), MAY 29, 2019
The New York State legislature held as marathon day-long hearing on a proposal to enact single-payer health care in New York. A packed hearing room listened as supporters and opponents debated whether it’s the answer to the state’s health care gaps.
Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, prime sponsor of the legislation, known as the New York Health Act, laid out the problem. Millions of New Yorkers have some form of health coverage, he said. But many still face financial obstacles from private insurance companies in getting the care they need, because of unaffordable co-pays or coverage denials….