New York State
Insurance Department

New York State
Department of Health

 

ISSUED 11/30/2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Health: Claudia Hutton 518-474-7354, ext. 1
Insurance: David Neustadt 212-480-5265

PUBLIC HEARING ON “PARTNERSHIP FOR COVERAGE” SET FOR DECEMBER 5 AT SUNY OLD WESTBURY

Long Island Residents Urged to Provide Input on Plan for Health Insurance Coverage

The last in a series of public hearings to obtain input from New Yorkers on ways to expand health insurance coverage and improve the health care system will be held December 5 on Long Island.

The hearing will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Campus Center, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Route 107, Old Westbury.

Governor Eliot Spitzer directed that the hearings, which began in early September, be conducted by New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., and Insurance Superintendent Eric R. Dinallo in connection with the Governor’s "Partnership for Coverage" initiative. The Governor is seeking public input to develop proposals for achieving health system reform and affordable universal coverage in New York State.

“I urge interested citizens and organizations on Long Island to come to this hearing and contribute their ideas,” said Governor Spitzer. “Our ‘Partnership for Coverage’ is a public-private collaborative initiative that will use a building-block approach to increase access to affordable, high-quality health care for all New Yorkers. These efforts include covering more uninsured children in New York’s Child Health Plus program by expanding income eligibility to 400 percent of the federal poverty level."

“We know that 2.6 million New Yorkers don’t have health insurance, making it very difficult for them to get the health care they need,” said Commissioner Daines. “At these hearings we want to hear from the general public, from stakeholders in the health care system, and from patient advocates and other experts on the best ways to address this problem.”

Superintendent Dinallo said, “Many uninsured New Yorkers work but don’t receive health insurance through their employers and can’t afford to purchase private health insurance. We must make certain that health insurance and access to high-quality care are available at a reasonable cost to all New Yorkers.”

Previous hearings were held statewide by phone, and in Glens Falls, Buffalo, New York City, Syracuse and Rochester. All individuals planning to testify at a hearing must pre-register. To pre-register, please contact:

Ms. Cindy Esterby
Office of Health Insurance Programs
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower Bldg., Room 1483
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12237
(518) 474-5737


Ms. Deborah Greer
New York State Insurance Department
One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY 12257
(518) 474-4567


The hearing notice is at http://www.partnership4coverage.ny.gov/hearings/notice.htm. Information on how to register, topics to be covered, health insurance trends and health reform efforts in New York is available at: http://partnership4coverage.ny.gov.

 

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