New York Health Act

Ursula Rozum / Physicians for National Health Program

Many Central New Yorkers who just travelled to Albany for Senate hearings on the New York Health Act are keeping the conversation going with a Healthcare Stories Forum in Syracuse Thursday night.  “Guaranteed Healthcare for All and the Fight for Equity” is about advocating to expand healthcare insurance to reach marginalized communities who have difficulty getting access. 


Matt Ryan / NY Now

Assembly sponsor Richard Gottfried, who has championed the issue of single payer for several years, says the bill, known as the New York Health Act, has now been amended to include coverage for long term health care, including home health aides and nursing homes.

He says the addition, among other things, will benefit women, who lose income under the present system.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Green Party candidates for Syracuse mayor and common council are rallying support for a universal health insurance plan that’s now one vote shy of support in the state senate.  The New York Health Act is a single public payer system financed by progressively graduated taxes on payrolls and non-payroll income such as capital gains and interest.  Mayoral candidate Howie Hawkins says federal funds for Medicaid, Medicare, and the family and child health plus programs would be folded in, resulting in savings for all but the wealthiest New Yorkers.

John Smith/WAER News

  Syracuse activists feel they’re gaining momentum after the State Assembly passed the New York Health Act.  The vote Wednesday was 90 to 47.  They hope the legislation will pave the way for everyone in New York State to someday have equal access to health care.  The act aims to provide universal healthcare by eliminating insurance co-pays, premiums, deductibles or provider networks.