Last Monday, Gov. Cuomo announced that he has directed the state Department of Financial Services (DFS) to issue emergency regulations to “ensure that essential health services are protected and covered for all New Yorkers,” even if the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.

The measures will include requiring private companies that do business on the state’s insurance marketplace to guarantee the 10 “essential health benefits” required by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), and prohibiting company that withdraws from the exchange from participating in Medicaid or its children’s health plan.

Since Congress has not acted on health care, it’s probably premature to say what, if any, impact these moves will have.  But it’s important to keep an eye on any new mandates that the state imposes on insurance providers, hospitals, nursing homes and others.  These changes could end up having significant impacts on the cost of health insurance, the delivery of health benefits or services and the reimbursement of health care providers.