New York Behind on Health Reform Implementation

Mar 15, 2012

New York State is behind the curve when it comes to implementing President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act.

Blair Horner, American Heart Association Regional Vice President for Advocacy, says that because of the indecision and uncertainty created by ongoing court challenges to the program, New York has fallen behind in creating the program's mechanisms for shopping for and buying health insurance at an affordable price.          

Horner says if the courts eventually allow the program to stand, New York will have to act fast, or the federal government will have power to set up health care exchanges for New Yorkers.

Horner spoke with WXXI's Bob Smith on Wednesday's 1370 Connection. He will be in Rochester this Sunday to address a health care briefing sponsored by Interfaith Impact of New York at the Downtown Presbyterian Church.