Connecticut’s two US senators are concerned a major insurance company is jeopardizing the welfare of patients by dropping doctors from its Medicare Advantage program. The senators held a hearing in Hartford on Wednesday to look into further regulation of health insurance companies that participate in the program.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his state budget on Tuesday. The $137.2 billion spending plan includes more money for schools , including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate.
A health policy group has given New York's Department of Health a mostly glowing review of its rollout of the new health insurance exchange program. But the group is worried the department hasn’t completely figured out the systems for paying doctors and hospitals.
Government reform groups in New York say they’re pleased Governor Andrew Cuomo will put money in his new state budget to fund public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.