PRESS RELEASE: Patients, Providers, Labor, and Others to Testify at Legislative Hearing in Rochester on Universal Single-Payer Health Care

CONTACT:
Mischa Sogut, 518-455-4941 or 202-365-5475
SogutM@nyassembly.gov

October 2, 2019

The NY Senate and Assembly Health Committees will hold a public hearing and press conference in Rochester on October 10 on the New York Health Act.

Millions of New Yorkers with insurance go without needed health care or face serious financial obstacles, debt and bankruptcy to get it.

The New York Health Act, A.5248/S.3577, would establish universal, comprehensive single-payer health coverage, including long-term care, for all New Yorkers. The program would be publicly funded, including existing federal support for Medicaid and Medicare. New Yorkers would no longer have to pay premiums, deductibles, co-pays, out-of-network charges, or have limited provider networks.

The Rochester hearing is the second in a series of statewide hearings, with other hearings to be scheduled in New York City and the Hudson Valley. The hearings will provide an opportunity for comments and suggestions from stakeholders around the state on the New York Health Act. Video and a transcript of the first hearing, held in Albany on May 28, can be found here.

More information, including a form if you wish to be invited to testify, can be found here.

What:
Public hearing and press conference on the New York Health Act, A.5248/S.3577

Who:
New York State Assembly and Senate Health Committees; witnesses including patient advocates; health care provider organizations; labor representatives; small business; and other health care experts and advocates

Where:
Press Conference: Bausch and Lomb Parlor
Hearing: Memorial Art Gallery Ballroom

University of Rochester
500 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

(The Parlor and Ballroom are across the hall from each other)

When:
Press Conference: Thursday, October 10, 9:30 AM
Hearing:Thursday, October 10, 10:00 AM

The hearing will also be webcast live at: https://nyassembly.gov/av/

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