TESTIMONY REGARDING NEW YORK HEALTH BILL
SUBMITTED TO NYS ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE
PUBLIC HEARING, NEW YORK CITY, NY
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10 a.m.
New York University
Grand Hall, 5th Floor
[Ed. Note: Jean Galleher, of Sutherlin, is trying to build a network of individuals from around Oregon who belong to both Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO) and the League of Women Voters (LWV), with a goal of making a request at the May LWV OR 2015 State Convention for LWV OR to become a member HCAO organization. Please contact Galleher by email or by phone at (541-459-2189) if you can help.
Jean sent along this testimony by the Health Chair of the LWV or NY State, in hopes it might provide you with some ideas for talking points.]
Good afternoon, my name is Madeline Zevon. I am Chair of the Health Care Committees of the
League of Women Voters of New York State and the League of Women Voters of Westchester County, and a member of the League of Women Voters of White Plains. The League of Women Voters is a non- partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy through education and advocacy. I would like to thank the New York State Assembly Health Committee for holding today’s hearing and allowing me to speak on behalf of the state League. Access to affordable, quality health care is pivotal in determining the quality of life for New Yorkers. The League has advocated on behalf of all New Yorkers for over 20 years on the issues of health care, and has lobbied and testified on numerous bills that safeguard public access to health. The League believes that affordable, quality health care should be available to all New York State residents and that health care policies should include equitable distribution of services and the efficient and economical delivery of care.
First, I will focus on the issues of equity, and then address efficiency and cost control. Equitable distribution of services means that individuals should have access to a basic level of car regardless of income, age, health status, geographical location, or any other factor. As long as private health insurance corporations are the middleman between patients and providers, services will not be distributed in an equitable manner. Persons who are less likely to need care will have greater access to coverage, while those who are in need will go without. Read More