2022 Legislative Session: Impact on Health Care Industry | Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP – JDSupra – JD Supra

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Here is an overview of some of the more significant legislation with implications for the health care industry:
One issue on which legislators failed to come to an agreement by the end of the session was a constitutional amendment to secure abortion rights in New York. Despite the legislature’s action on a portfolio of other bills related to reproductive health protection, there remains strong support for establishing a constitutional protection in New York, and that could be addressed if lawmakers are called back to Albany for a special session to address other issues.
Last, it is important to note that the New York Health Act, which would establish a single-payer system to provide universal health care for all New York residents, was not passed by either house in 2022. This bill has been sponsored and championed by Assemblymember Richard Gottfried for over 30 years. With the impending retirement at the end of this year of Assemblymember Gottfried, venerated chair of the Assembly Health Committee, single-payer advocates made a strong push for this legislation to be passed. The legislation remains popular with the progressive wing of the legislature, and we anticipate continued discussion surrounding its principles in next year’s legislative session. Assemblymember Gottfried has had a significant impact on the development of health policy and the evolution of the state’s health care system over the course of his tenure in the legislature. While a successor for his chairmanship has not been named, it is recognized that his deep knowledge and understanding of health policy will be missed.
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