Health coverage for all legislation doesn't pass in Albany
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- For several legislative sessions some New York State lawmakers have been pushing for a bill to expand health coverage for undocumented residents.
This session the bill passed in the Senate but not in the Assembly.
“I think it’s best, personally, that we take the bill into the next budget cycle and off cycle do a bunch of things that could help us really ensure coverage for all for next year,” Assembly Member Amy Paulin (D-Assembly District 88).
The bill would provide this expansion of coverage through the federal legislation--the Affordable Care Act.
The state would use a provision in the Affordable Care Act known as section 1332 to create coverage options for undocumented residents.
Some advocates said this expansion could be life saving for New York communities.
“We should follow tin the footsteps of other states who have also implemented this expansion in their states,” said Arline Cruz, Director of Health Programs, Make the Road NY.
If this bill passes the next legislative session and the Governor signs it, provisions in the law will be subject to federal approval.