ALBANY — Sidestepping opposition from Republicans, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday issued an executive order creating a state health exchange to help small businesses and individuals secure medical insurance in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act.
Cortlandt, N.Y. – (4/17/12) – On Saturday, April 14th, Cortlandt Little League hosted their Opening Day Ceremony. Pictured above is Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), and the Westchester County Legislator John Testa.
Peekskill, N.Y. – (4/16/11) This past weekend Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a free community BBQ in Peekskill, N.Y. Hundreds of constituents showed up to the cookout for a chance to meet Senator Ball face-to-face, as well as enjoy the great food and a beautiful day!
As you know, public school districts are in the course of seeking mandate relief from the state. One of their recommendations is that such relief comes in a reduction of the maximum mileage at which a district is required to bus nonpublic school students.
(04/13/12) Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order to create a state health care exchange after the legislature failed to do so. The exchange is required by the new federal health care law. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has details.
ALBANY, N.Y. — As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday unveiled his executive order creating a statewide health insurance exchange, a requirement of the federal health care that could be undone by the U.S. Supreme Court.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Thursday to establish a statewide health insurance exchange intended to reduce coverage costs for individuals, small businesses and local governments.
Governor Andrew Cuomo overrode the State Senate Republican majority’s opposition to his Health Exchange with an executive order today, but at least one state senator is still fighting the plan — Greg Ball. Mr. Ball issued a statement blasting the exchange, which is part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul that’s being debated in the Supreme Court as a “large and expensive government program that may never get off of the ground.”
“Any rush towards enacting Obamacare is more political than reality,” Mr. Ball said.
Under President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, states can receive federal funding for healthcare exchanges if they demonstrate they have a plan for an exchange that will be operational by January 1, 2014. States that do not set up their own exchange will be required to participate in a federal healthcare exchange program. Though the Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, according to the governor’s office, federal funding for the exchanges has already been allocated and will not be affected by the Court’s ruling.
“Any rush towards enacting Obamacare is more political than reality. The promise of federal funding is not without strings and the program itself will ultimately, if enacted, cost New York taxpayers billions of additional dollars that we do not have. Furthermore, with the fundamental constitutionality of the overall looming program in immediate question and the presidency hanging in the balance there is zero need to build an initial framework for a large and expensive government program that may never get off of the ground. We can and should make landmark reforms, including reigning in big insurance in New York, but moving forward now to enact Obamacare is simply not prudent.”
For years, the responsibility of transporting children to private schools has fallen on public school districts. In better times, the arrangement was carried out largely without opposition. But as districts search for ways to keep budgets down, there is a debate brewing over how much help public tax dollars should provide to bus children to private schools.
SOMERS, N.Y. – State Sen. Greg Ball’s Veterans Wall of Fame has gone into traveling mode. A foldable wall has been created to display write-ups of the men and women of the 40th Senate District who have been named to the list of outstanding American veterans.