Paterson's letter to "reassure" NYers on healthcare. We already are being raped by the government over HC...Obamacare is just a differant rapist.
My Fellow New Yorker,
Today, six months after health care reform was passed, the first round of major changes has started to take effect. As our State has been a leader in health care, some of the Federal improvements are provisions we already have in place here in New York. In those cases, there may be no significant changes for New Yorkers. However, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the many improvements that the Federal health care reform has begun to implement, and how they will impact you as a New Yorker.
I am extremely proud that our State already has in place many of the protections that will now be offered to health care consumers throughout the United States. During my term as Governor, New York State has become a national leader in expanding access to quality health care for children and adults through its public health insurance programs, including Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Healthy New York and Medicaid, while implementing efficiencies to ensure that funds are used in the most cost-effective manner. New York has also been a leader in efforts to guarantee access to private health insurance coverage.
If you are currently covered by health insurance and are satisfied, as long as your insurer continues to offer the plan, you can keep it. Health plans that were in place on March 23, 2010, the day health reform passed, are “grandfathered,” meaning they are allowed to essentially remain the same. Reform allows insurers and employers to innovate and contain costs by making routine changes without losing grandfather status. However, plans will lose their grandfather status if they choose to significantly cut benefits or increase out-of-pocket spending for consumers—and consumers in plans that make such changes will gain new protections.
The following improvements in coverage apply to all health plans, including those grandfathered plans:
Health reform is complicated. To obtain more information, please visit: www.healthcarereform.ny.gov.
David A. Paterson
Governor of New York State
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