A Single Payer System in New York State

Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Democratic Assemblyman representing Manhattan, and State Senator Gustavo Rivera, representing the Bronx, sponsor the NY Health Act (A.6058/S.5474). View the text of the NY Health Act here. The bill would bring a single-payer, Medicare for All system to New York. With this plan, the commercial insurance system would be replaced with a single-payer health plan, just as Medicare provides care to Americans 65 and older or those with disabilities.

In 2022, NYSNA, our broad coalition of supporters, and the bill’s legislative leaders are gearing up to push NYHA across the finish line. “There is nothing more important to me legislatively than passing the New York Health Act (this) year,” says Gottfried. “I am hopeful and confident we can do it.” Working closely with the Campaign for NY Health, we aim to pass NYHA in the Assembly and Senate and get it to Governor Kathy Hochul’s desk. New York Health is “the only policy that will guarantee care for all New Yorkers and save our state money,” says NYSNA Central Regional Director Cathy Dawson, RN. “It’s a matter of life and death.”

The ravages of COVID-19 made the need for universal access to care through a single-payer system more urgent than ever. National studies found that at least one in three COVID-19 deaths and 40% of COVID-19 infections were tied to lack of adequate health insurance. The New York Health Act has broad support across the state, with dozens of organizations urging Governor Hochul to pass New York Health in 2022.