This Week in Albany

Week ending September 22, 2017

Obamacare Repeal Resurrected

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has indicated that he will put a new health care overhaul bill up for a vote before the end of the month.

The new bill, sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) would potentially be even more devastating to New York than any of the other health care proposals put forward by this Congress.

The bill would dismantle most of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare/ACA) and turn large portions of health care funding into block grants to states while significantly reducing funding levels. Part of the changes to federal funding would be a redistribution of funds currently going to states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA to states that didn’t. This would hit New York especially hard, with the state expected to lose $45 billion in funding between 2020 and 2026, a 10% cut.

The bill would also allow states to significantly change what benefits must be provided on the individual marketplace and could allow states to opt out of the requirement that people with pre-existing conditions be covered.

CSEA has joined with a coalition of health care providers, unions, and others urging the New York Congressional delegation to reject this potentially devastating legislation.

 

Con Con Fact

While ballots will vary from municipality to municipality on November 7th, the constitutional convention ballot question will be Proposition Number One on the back of everyone’s ballot.

When you turn your ballot over, you will see:

“Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?”

 

Absentee Ballots

If you have a child in college, or will yourself be away from home on election day, don’t forget to apply for an absentee ballot so that your vote can be counted on Election Day.

October 31 is the last day to mail an application for an absentee ballot, or you can apply in person until November 6. Ballots must be postmarked by November 6.

Click here to download an absentee ballot application from the State Board of Elections.