Health Care

How to Reduce the Pressure on the Property Tax and Ease the Fiscal Burden on Struggling Local Governments

January 10, 2007. The four-part plan supported by FPI: implement a statewide solution to CFE; increase state’s share of Medicaid and base counties’ shares on ability to pay; restore commitment to revenue sharing; and eliminate the significant disparities in the STAR program. Prepared for the Center on Governmental Research conference on reforming property taxes in New York.… (read more)

New York Makes Real Progress on Health Care Coverage

September 27, 2006. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ presents data showing that the portion of the state population without health insurance has fallen from 16.3% in 2000 to 13.5% in 2005. Nevertheless, there are still 2.6 million people in the state who have no health insurance. The share of private sector employees covered by health insurance continued to fall while the portion of the population covered by government programs in New York rose from 27% to 31%. Press release … (read more)

Poverty in New York Fails to Decline Despite Four Years of Economic “Growth”

August 29, 2006. New data suggests the need to reinvigorate efforts to combat poverty: FPI’s analysis of the new poverty, income and health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Press release with supporting tables >>(read more)

Escalating Prescription Drug Costs

February 2, 2005. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ outlines options for reform.… (read more)

FPI Comments: Proposed Regulations, Medicare Prescription Drug Program

October 4, 2004. Comments on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, submitted by Trudi Renwick, Senior Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)

Escalating Prescription Drug Costs – The Reality and Options for Reform

June 17, 2002. FPI’s testimony before the New York State AFL-CIO Task Force on Prescription Drugs.… (read more)

Expand Programs Used to Determine Telephone Lifeline Eligibility

February 19, 2002.  Testimony of Trudi Renwick in  Proceeding on Motion of the Commission To Consider Cost Recovery by Verizon and to  Investigate the Future Regulatory Framework, Case 00-C-1945. This testimony focuses on a proposal to expand programs used to determine telephone lifeline eligibility to include EITC, school lunch and Child Health Plus.… (read more)

Impossible Choices: Food and Housing or Prescription Drugs?

October 11, 2000. This report was prepared by the Fiscal Policy Institute for USAction, the nation’s largest consumer organization. It examines how rising prescription drug prices are affecting the household budgets and living standards of older Americans. The report was released today in Washington by USAction and at numerous locations around the country by USAction’s state and regional affiliates. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick presented the reports results at USAction’s press conference in Washington, DC, while FPI Executive Director … (read more)