Affordable Care Act

For SUNY medical schools, difficult choices ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // With various D.C. follies choking off federal funding, SUNY’s academic medical centers are starting to feel the pinch. And the State University’s teaching hospitals – including Stony Brook University Hospital – may have to roll back certain services to remain solvent, according to a top SUNY officer. As reported this week (subscriber content) by Politico, Ricardo Azziz, SUNY’s chief officer of academic health and hospital affairs, on Nov. 15 told a…


States weigh legal response as Trump guts Obamacare

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not quite “Cuomo to Trump: See You in Court.” But in a scathing rebuke Friday of the Trump administration’s attempts to shatter Obamacare by executive decree, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo swung the door to a litigious civil war wide open. One day after signing an executive order allowing the sale of some health insurance plans that are exempt from certain Affordable Care Act regulations – including rules ensuring coverage…


Northwell: Blame Obamacare for CareConnect’s demise

By GREGORY ZELLER // A key component of the Northwell Health system’s core strategy to manage entire health populations is coming off the table. The health system announced late Thursday that it’s pulling the plug on its East Hills-based CareConnect Insurance Co., which has grown to cover some 125,000 customers since launching as New York State’s first provider-owned commercial insurance company in 2013. While it remains committed to “fortifying its population-health capabilities,” Northwell is “winding…