State Of New York

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Mary Donohue, Lt. Governor


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FOR RELEASE:  IMMEDIATE
Wednesday, October 22, 2003

LT. GOVERNOR, SUPERINTENDENT OF INSURANCE ATTEND SHOWCASE OF CHAMPIONS, HIGHLIGHT HEALTHY NY
Visit Promotes Healthy NY Enrollment By More Area Businesses

        Lt. Governor Mary Donohue and New York State Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today attended the Showcase of Champions hosted by the Poughkeepsie Chamber of Commerce and used the opportunity to highlight and promote the state’s Healthy NY program, an important health insurance option for small businesses, sole proprietors and working uninsured.

        "I wanted to be here today as the Showcase of Champions is the perfect venue to highlight this important health insurance option, Healthy NY," said Lt. Governor Donohue. "As I travel around the state and talk with small business owners, sole proprietors and working individuals, I’m hearing that because of Healthy NY these individuals now have the health insurance they need for themselves and their families. The Governor has made it a priority to provide quality health insurance to all New Yorkers and Healthy NY offers New York’s businesses and working individuals an important insurance option – ensuring a workforce that is healthy and productive."

        "More than 50,000 New Yorkers have obtained comprehensive health insurance coverage through Healthy NY which is now more affordable and easier to qualify for, meaning even more New Yorkers can get the health insurance they need," said Serio. "Currently over 4,600 working individuals in Dutchess and the surrounding counties have health insurance through Healthy NY and I’m here today with the Lt. Governor to encourage more of New York’s small businesses and working individuals to consider Healthy NY for themselves and their families."

        The visit to Poughkeepsie follows a stop in Albany earlier this month as part of the Lt. Governor and Superintendent of Insurance’s statewide tour of New York State to promote this important health insurance product.

        Additionally, this month the new Healthy NY media campaign kicked-off. The new television and radio ads feature a small business owner, recent college graduate and uninsured worker, all who, because of Healthy NY, are now able to get the health coverage they need.

        Healthy NY was established when Governor Pataki signed into law the Health Care Reform Act of 2000, which introduced the program to promote access to quality health care by providing comprehensive health insurance to working individuals. Earlier this year, Governor Pataki announced major improvements to the program to make it even more accessible and affordable to small employers and working families, significantly reducing rates by an average of expanding eligibility guidelines so that more New Yorkers will have access to this important health insurance choice.

        The Healthy NY program was established as a part of the landmark Heath Care Reform Act of 2000 as a new state-sponsored health insurance program for eligible small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, sole proprietors and eligible working uninsured individuals. For further information on Healthy NY visit the Web site at www.healthyny.com or call toll-free at the Healthy NY hotline--1-866-HEALTHY NY (1-866-432-5849).


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