The Campaign for New York Health is a statewide coalition dedicated to passing and implementing legislation for universal health care in New York State. Healthcare is a human right that should be accessible to all of us, not just those who can afford to pay. If you agree, we encourage you to join us!


A universal system, often referred to as "single-payer," is the most equitable and affordable way to achieve comprehensive coverage for all, freedom of choice, quality care, accountability, and fair payments to health care providers. We believe a system that pays for care, not increasing profits, will save lives and money, benefiting our whole economy.


We are committed to creating a system based on the following principles:


Universal: Everyone is included and can meet their health care needs.


  • Free of user charges or other financial barriers to care, with no out-of-pocket costs (no premiums, copays, deductibles, coinsurance or out-of-network charges).


  • Covers all New York state residents regardless of employment, financial status, race, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, or other discrimination.


Comprehensive: Full benefits and choice of provider.


  • Fully comprehensive, covering all medically necessary care, as determined by the patient’s health care professionals; promoting primary and preventive care, and care coordination.


  • Full choice of health care providers, with access to all qualified providers in the state who choose to participate in the program, with no restrictive networks.


Equity: Funded fairly, based on ability to pay, with access to high quality care assured for all New York residents.


  • Financed through progressive assessments on earned income (payroll) and taxable non-payroll income (capital gains, dividends, interest). Employers pay the majority of costs for their employees.


  • Incorporates community health care needs assessment and planning to ensure that needed health care services are available and accessible in every community in the state.


  • Public planning of health care facilities to assure that all residents have access to high quality health care in their communities.


  • Allowing health care providers to collectively negotiate payment methodologies and other terms.


Accountability and Transparency: The people running the plan will be accountable to the people of New York. The plan will be run according to public policies and laws.


  • All policies, data, and processes related to the design, decision-making, management and operation of the plan are open, clear and accessible to all.


  • The plan is accountable to the people it serves, not to insurance company executives or stockholders.


Participation: Everyone has a meaningful voice in decisions that impact us all.


  • The health system includes meaningful public participation in all decisions affecting people’s access to care.


  • Inclusion of all New Yorkers in the plan guarantees the highest quality of coverage and care.