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First "Partnership for Coverage" Public Hearing

The Governor's "Partnership for Coverage" program kicked off yesterday with a public hearing in Glens Falls. Here's an excerpt from DOH's press release:

The first of six public hearings to be held across New York State was held today in Glens Falls in connection with Governor Eliot Spitzer's "Partnership for Coverage" initiative to make affordable, patient-centered health care available to all New Yorkers.

At the Governor's direction, the hearing was conducted by New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., and Insurance Superintendent Eric R. Dinallo to obtain public input on proposals for achieving health system reform and affordable universal coverage. Approximately 20 representatives of patient advocacy agencies, health care providers, the insurance industry, business and labor groups presented testimony.

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Additional hearings will be held on October 3 in Buffalo; October 30 in New York City; November 13 in Syracuse; November 26 in Rochester; and December 5 on Long Island.

The full DOH press release is here. The "Partnership for Coverage" website, which will eventually house transcripts of the testimony submitted at the hearings, is here.

Albany's Times Union has a decent article here, including some interesting quotes from the testimony:

Some snippets of Wednesday's hearings:

"Health care is a right, not a privilege for those who can afford it," said Patricia Reed, a nurse practitioner from Saratoga Springs.

"I'm a capitalist, but I don't think profit has any place in health care," said Matt Funiciello, a Glens Falls restaurant owner.

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