Paul Newell has fought to extend access to affordable, quality health care all his life. He helped build Ubuntu Education Fund, an HIV response organization that has brought education and treatment to tens of thousands. Newell founded the Coalition for a New Village Hospital when St. Vincent’s Hospital was in danger of closure. Later, he brought that expertise to the fight to save LICH hospital in Cobble Hill. And he has been a champion of the Affordable Care Act – informing tens of thousands of New Yorkers about enrollment opportunities. In Albany, Newell will work to expand quality health care to all New Yorkers, fighting to:
Pass Medicare For All a/k/a Single-Payer Health Care: It’s time New York guaranteed health care for all New Yorkers. Every study shows that single-payer would reduce cost to taxpayers and dramatically improve health care outcomes. Newell will work to pass single-payer health care for New York State, and push for that model to be adopted nationwide
Save Our Hospitals: A rash of hospital closures threatens the safety of all New Yorkers. Now the Mt. Sinai Hospital location on 1st Avenue (formerly Beth Israel) is in danger of being closed or severely downgraded. Newell will pressure state regulators to deny any such change.
- Pass Paid Family Leave: Too many of our neighbors are just one illness or accident away from crisis. Newell will work to pass paid family leave for all New Yorkers.
The deadline for most of us to apply for new health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (also known as “ObamaCare”) is Sunday, January 31st. If you already have insurance through the ACA, Jan. 31st is also the deadline to switch plans this year.
This is not the last day anyone can sign-up for ObamaCare. It’s the last day for “open enrollment” this year. If you have a qualifying “life event” that requires you to change your coverage you will be able to sign up later.
But for most of us, now is the time to act. If you’re uninsured or want to change your plan in New York, sign up today athttps://NYStateOfHealth.ny.gov/. If you’re not in NY, start your search at HealthCare.gov. You’ll be surprised at how affordable many of the plans are. The vast majority of New Yorkers who apply are eligible for state-funded Medicaid plans or significant federal subsidies. On the flip-side, many people will be subject to tax penalties if they remain uninsured.Read more