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National Health Care – Current Action
The League actively supported national universal health care.  With passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the League will now monitor its implementation at both the state and national levels.

Toward that end the LWVNYS supports establishing the New York State Health Plan, a single payer plan. 

National Health Care – League Positions National Health Care – Other Materials (Non-League)
  • A New Website Explains Insurance Reform
    A new federal website was launched July 1, 2010 to explain health care changes under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress last year. There are separate sections for Families with Children, Individuals, People with Disabilities, Seniors, Young Adults and Employers.

advocacy for other healthcare

other healthcare

other healthcare: Current Action

The League has been involved in a range of health care issues at  the state level, including:

  • ACCESS AND FINANCING OF HEALTH CARE: Support of measures to maintain or expand access to a basic level of health care that is equitable, efficient, and economical, such as expansion of eligibility for the Child Health Plus program, support of measures to make prescription drugs affordable, including a measure that would prohibit insurance companies from providing lesser reimbursement for more expensive drugs and a measure to establish a prescription drug discount program,, support for permanent funding of school based health services, and opposition to cuts proposed to the Medicaid program;
  • MENTAL HEALTH PARITY: Commercial insurance is required to cover mental health services.  The League supports coverage fo such services by the state funded Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus programs.
  • DISEASE PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROMOTION: Support for a public health measure to curtail sale of flavored cigarettes, eliminate use of tanning beds by people under 19 years of age, and lead paint removal programs;
  • PERSONAL HEALTH DECISION MAKING:  Support of the Family Health Care Decisions Act, which would establish procedures for family members, surrogates and others to make treatment decisions on behalf of patients unable to decide about treatment for themselves.
other healthcare: Recent Legislative Memos About Assorted Health Care Topics


  • Memo in Support A. 8580 (3/15/2016)
    An act to amend the public health law, in relation to nursing home and hospital nurse staffing patterns.