2006 HEALTH LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
Following is The Business Council's 2006 Legislative Program. It identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees and Councils during 2006.
Support initiatives that can reduce health-care costs in New York State:
- allowing employers to maximize use of Health Savings Accounts
created by the federal Medicare Modernization Act, by also allowing
them to purchase a consumer-driven health insurance plan. Such
an initiative can be found in Freedom Health Plan legislation
- which allows for higher deductibles and fewer insurance mandates
- sponsored by Senator Seward and Assemblyman Morelle.
medical liability and pharmaceutical tort reform.
- lending support
to the work of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in
the 21st Century, to restructure and rightsize the hospital system
in New York to make it more affordable for employers and taxpayers
and financially stronger as a whole.
- restricting the state from off-loading the cost of general health
programs onto health insurance premiums.
Support initiatives that improve the delivery of quality health-care:
- utilizing HEAL NY funding for health information technology
initiatives such as, electronic health records, e-prescribing
- developing pay for performance programs that reward measurable
- designating centers for excellence which recognize that certain providers excel at delivering higher-quality health-care.
Support further Medicaid reform:
- expediting the implementation of disease state management programs.
- assisting local governments who desire more information technology
tools to examine Medicaid expenditure patterns, which can leading
to cost-saving opportunities.
- allowing waivers from New York's prescriptive
requirements, so that they are able to design a more cost-effective
- implementing more aggressive fraud prevention and detection
- designing a benefit package that more closely reflects the benefits offered by private sector and government employers.
Oppose initiatives that make health insurance more expensive:
- oppose play or pay proposals that call for steep, punishing
new taxes on businesses that can not afford to purchase health
insurance for their workers.
- oppose new health insurance mandates.
- oppose cost-shifting from
the direct pay market to the small group market.
- oppose off-loading the cost of general health programs onto health insurance premiums.