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Assembly Single Payer Healthcare Hearings

Richard N. Gottfried, Chair

SUBJECT:  “New York Health” bill to create state single payer health coverage

PURPOSE: Receive testimony concerning the “New York Health” bill

SYRACUSE                                     ROCHESTER
Thursday, December 4, 10 AM        Monday, December 8, 10 AM
Medical Alumni Auditorium              City Council Chambers
Weiskotten Hall                               Rochester City Hall
Upstate Medical University              “A” Building, 3rd Floor
766 Irving Avenue                           30 Church Street

BUFFALO                                         NEW YORK CITY
Wednesday, Dec 10, 10 AM      Tuesday, Dec 16, 10 AM
Roswell Park Cancer Inst.          New York University
Hohn Auditorium                        Grand Hall 5th Floor
Research Studies Center        Center for Academic & Spiritual Life
Elm & Carlton Street                  238 Thompson Street

MINEOLA                                                   ALBANY
Wednesday, Dec 17, 10 AM               Tuesday, January 13, 10 AM
Nassau Cty. Legislative Chamber       Hearing Room B
Theodore Roosevelt Executive           Legislative Office Building
and Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue


“New York Health”, a universal “single payer” health coverage bill, would replace insurance company coverage, premiums, deductibles, co-pays, limited provider networks and out-of-network charges. Instead, it would provide comprehensive, universal health coverage for every New Yorker, with a benefit package more comprehensive than commercial or other health plans, with full choices of doctors and other providers.  The program would be funded by broad-based taxes based on ability to pay.  It would eliminate the local share of Medicaid (which would become part of New York Health).  The bill, A.5389-A/S.2078-A, was introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senator Bill Perkins.

This series of public hearings around the state will review the effects and costs of the current health coverage system on patients, health care providers, employers, labor, taxpayers and health and health care.  It will review how the single-payer system would work in New York.

Persons wishing to testify or attend should complete the hearing reply form below and return as indicated as soon as possible, but no later than the dates indicated on the reply form.  It is important that the form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation.  If time does not permit all witnesses to testify in person, they may still submit written testimony.

Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes.  All testimony will be under oath.  In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances.  These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.

Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk.  The Committees would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements. Written testimony, whether presented in person at the hearing or not, should be e-mailed (as a Word or PDF document) before the hearing or as soon as possible to Mischa Sogut,

Please inform interested parties and organizations of the hearing.

In order to meet the needs of those with a disability, the Assembly, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities.  For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Assembly facilities and activities.

Questions about this hearing may be directed to Mischa Sogut of the Assembly Health Committee staff at 518-455-4941 or


Persons wishing to testify at the public hearing on the “New York Health” bill are requested to complete this reply form by the dates shown below and mail, email or fax it to:

Mischa Sogut, Legislative Aide
Assembly Committee on Health
Room 822 – LOB, Albany, New York 12248
Phone: (518) 455-4941, Fax: (518) 455-5939

I would like to testify at the following hearing:

[   ] Syracuse, Thursday, Dec. 4 (please reply by Tuesday, Nov. 25)
[   ] Rochester, Monday, Dec 8 (please reply by Monday, Dec 1)
[   ] Buffalo, Wednesday, Dec 10 (please reply by Monday, Dec 1)
[   ] NYC, Tuesday, Dec. 16 (please reply by Tuesday, Dec. 9)
[   ] Mineola, Wednesday, December 17 (please reply by Wednesday, Dec 10)
[   ] Albany, Tuesday, Jan. 13 (please reply by Tuesday, Jan. 6)

I plan to attend the following public hearing:

[   ] Syracuse, Thursday, Dec. 4
[   ] Rochester, Monday, Dec 8
[   ] Buffalo, Wednesday, Dec 10
[   ] New York City, Tuesday, Dec. 16
[   ] Mineola, Wednesday, Dec 17
[   ] Albany, Tuesday, Jan. 13

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