Panel examines healthcare affordability issues

By Greg McQueen

Healthcare premiums in New York are the third highest in the nation, with the average cost of a family plan placed at more than $21,000.

Industry leaders, immigrant advocates and city lawmakers called for enhanced city and state action to address the crisis of affordability of healthcare during a panel discussion on Mon., Apr. 30th.

Hosted by Community Service Society of New York (CSS), the discussion was inspired by a recent CSS survey that found that 59 percent of New York City residents had a financial burden related to health care within the past year.

The study also revealed that 54 percent of uninsured New Yorkers cited high costs as their reason for their uninsured status, and 46 percent of adults in the city struggled to pay medical bills.

“There are people with insurance who are forgoing care, because they can’t navigate it, or they’re hit with huge bills. People are declaring bankruptcy due to medical bills,” said City Councilmember Mark Levine, Chair of the Health Committee. “We have to solve this problem.”

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