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Sat, 3/26: Defend Health Care & the Affordable Care Act & Other Upcoming events

YoungFeminists


Next week will mark the one year anniversary of President Obama's historic signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Although the biggest provisions of the law don't go into effect until 2014, many important changes have already taken place. For instance, young adults up to age 26 can now stay on their parents' health insurance plans. Individuals with pre-existing conditions, including those who were previously denied insurance coverage, can now buy into state-based high risk pools. Lifetime limits on insurance coverage are now prohibited.
Despite all these current and future benefits, the Republicans continue to mount challenges to this important law—a law which we fought so hard to achieve. Now is the time to come together again to defend and protect the Affordable Care Act.
Please join Greater NYC for Change and a host of co-sponsors for a Citywide Rally and Press Conference!
Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:00 PM

Community Healthcare Network's Long Island City Health Center

36-11 21st St in Long Island City, Queens
(Take the N train to 36th Ave, or F train to 21st Street)

Join your fellow New Yorkers to:

• celebrate the first anniversary of the new health care law
• find out about how the new law is already helping New Yorkers
• hear about what's already underway here in New York to fully implement the new law and how best to keep moving forward
• learn about new moves in Congress to take health care away from us and our communities, and how to fight back
Special guest speakers to be announced!
More information: 212-925-1829 or metrohealth@igc.org
Sponsoring groups:
Children's Defense Fund of NY, Citizen Action of NYC, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare, Community Healthcare Network, Greater NYC for Change, Health Care for All New York, Make the Road New York, Manhattan Young Democrats, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, National Physicians Alliance, NY Immigration Coalition, Queens Young Democrats, Young Invincibles

Other upcoming events:

The Affordable Care Act After One Year: What It Means for Everyday New Yorkers

Monday, March 21, 9-11:30 AM
Come listen to a host of medical professionals discuss the new health care law and how it affects us and our communities.
Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla
More info: 914-397-8804.

Conference call with Rep. Nydia Velazquez

Monday, March 21, 11:00 AM
Featuring selected small business owners in NYC and NYC residents and hosted by the Main Street Alliance and Make the Road NY
More Info: 347-489-7085 or 347-512-9073

New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage Monthly Roundtable

Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 AM
New ACA Consumer Assistance Programs for People with Serious Illnesses and Disabilities
Guest speakers Priya Mendon (CHA) and Greg Otten (CIDNY)
National MS Society: 733 3rd Avenue, 3rd floor
More info: 646-442-4147

The Affordable Care Act: Moving Forward in New York

Wednesday, March 23
A statewide day of action in Albany, Hosted by: Health Care for All New York
More info: 212-925-1829 or www.hcfany.org

Young Adults: What's in Health Care Reform for You

Thurs. March 24, 8:30-10 p.m
Forum sponsored by Raising Women's Voices & Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG)
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Hess Commons , 722 W. 168th St. in Manhattan
More info: 212-870-2010.

Thu, Feb 10, 9am - 11am: Special HHS briefing on Affordable Care Act in NYC

Jerin

On behalf of Health Care for All New York , attached is an invitation to an important event for advocates that HHS is hosting in NYC on the Affordable Care Act.  It will take place from 9:00-11:00 on February 10, 2011 in at EmblemHealth's lower Manhattan offices.

Karen Pollitz, a high-up official in HHS/OCIIO and one of the nation's top experts on health insurance from a consumer perspective, will be coming up from DC to brief key partners on the Affordable Care Act, with special emphasis on the state's new pre-existing condition plan ("New York Bridge") and on the state's new consumer assistance program ("Community Health Advocates").

We invite you all to attend, and please publicize this event to your lists…  it should be a great morning.

Mark Hannay
Director

Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign
40 Worth Street, Suite 802
New York, NY  10013
212-925-1829

Health Reform Town Hall Summary

Jerin

On Thursday, Dec 2, National Organization for Women NY State co-sponsored "Health Reform: The Battles Ahead in Albany and Washington."  I was thrilled to see head of National Physicians Alliance NYC Chapter (NPA_NYC), Pro-Choice Dr. Sharon Phillips in the audience.  She wrote the following thoughtful piece about the event, cross-posted from the NPA_NYC blog.
In Solidarity,
N. Jerin Arifa

National NOW Board of Directors
National NOW Political Action Committee
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)


http://npany.blogspot.com/2010/12/town-hall-in-brooklyn-dec-2-2010.html
Town Hall in Brooklyn December 2nd, 2010


NPA New York Local Action Network cosponsored an event on December 2nd with multiple organizations** entitled “Health Reform: The Battles Ahead in Albany and Washington.” Those who attended were fortunate to hear from New York experts Dr. John McDonough (Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College); Mark Hannay (Director of Metro New York Health Care for All); Kinda Serafi (Senior Health Policy Associate at the Children’s Defense Fund); NPA’s Dr. Bill Jordan (NPA board member and co-chair of health policy for the Public Health Association of New York), Jenny Rejeske (Director of Health Advocacy for the New York Immigration Coalition), and Lois Uttley (Director of the Mergerwatch Project, co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, and Board Member of PHANYC).

Dr McDonough began the talk with an overview of the provision of the Health Reform Act, also known as the PPACA. The goal of the act is to improve access to health care through nine different measures:

1) Affordable and available coverage through creation of an insurance exchange and subsidies

2) Reforms of Medicaid and CHIP (Child Health Insurance Program) to increase the number of people eligible by changing income requirements and covering single adults

3) Delivery system reforms to lower the rate of spending increase throughout the system

4) Prevention and wellness initiatives to improve access to preventive care by eliminating cost-sharing for most preventive services and creating a national program to promote wellness & prevention

5) Workforce initiatives to improve access to primary care

6) Eliminating fraud and abuse

7) Improving access to generic versions of certain expensive medicines

8) New affordable private voluntary disability insurance

9) Attain revenues by increasing taxes on the most wealthy (with an income over $200,000 for individuals, $250,000 for families) and on unearned income, as well as taxes on indoor tanning salons

He also explained how the reforms enacted would not only pay for themselves, but would end up saving billions of dollars by decreasing costs of health delivery, decreasing costs of taking care of the uninsured nationwide, and reforming the way Medicare and Medicaid work to make them more efficient.

Following Dr McDonough, Mark Hannay explained where we are in New York with this law, and where we have to go to truly make sure all New Yorkers have affordable access to health care. Because most of the implementation of this law falls to the states, we have a tremendous opportunity to turn New York’s program into a model for other states. New York has about 2.7 million uninsured right now, of whom about 2 million will be insured once the law takes effect.

Kinda Serafi discussed the advantages of this law for many people who currently are uninsured. One of the challenges will be to make application for these programs accessible for all. Currently, Medicaid applications can be so long and daunting, or stigmatizing, that many New Yorkers who qualify do not apply. On implementation, the best case scenario would be to create a system accessible to everyone, by phone, mail, internet, or in person, that could help individuals and families determine what plans they’re eligible for, how much they will cost, and other details. Although this would require an extensive overhaul of the Medicaid eligibility system, which is currently quite antiquated, but would be well worth the investment.

Dr. Bill Jordan spoke about the challenges posed to the health care workforce by this law. As it is, there aren’t enough primary care doctors to meet demand. When millions more people flow into the system with their new health coverage, we need to make sure there are enough doctors to care for them. To help with this, the PPACA increases loan repayment for primary care providers, redistributes residency training slots to favor primary care sites and rural, underserved areas, and also redirects training funds to increase the supply of general surgeons.

Jenny Rejeske discussed the impact of the law on immigrants. As a group, many immigrants have much to gain from this law. Some immigrants, those who are undocumented, are left behind. The majority of immigrants will benefit as the most are here with legal status, either as residents or as naturalized citizens. The key will be to ensure that those eligible for Medicaid and other subsidies are aware that these programs are available to them. In addition, we need to ensure that undocumented immigrants are connected to the health care services available to them, including patient financial assistance at all hospitals that accept federal funds, as well as community health centers and HHC clinics and hospitals for those living in New York City.

Lois Uttley finished up by talking about women’s health. In terms of women’s health, there are great gains for most women, in that maternity care will be a mandated service starting in 2014, and preventive services must be provided without a deductible for new insurance plans starting this year (meaning mammograms, pap smears, and STI testing are now free to all women regardless of which insurance plan they use). The negative for women will be the restrictions on abortion coverage for all new insurances bought through the exchange, as well as a likely similar effect even on those who have insurance now. The law states that each state has the right to limit, prohibit, or restrict coverage abortion in all insurances sold on the exchange (14 states have already taken advantage of this). Even where abortion coverage is allowed, participants in those plans have to write 2 separate checks to the company, one to cover abortion and one for everything else.

Attendance at the event was impressive at 115. Audience members asked important questions to clarify the impact of the law on immigrants and children, as well as the future structure of the health care system.

Thanks to all the co-sponsors, panel members, and attendees!

**Co-sponsors of this event were: Long Island University School of Health Professions, AARP-NY, PHANYC, Children's Defense Fund-NY, Community Service Society, Committee for Interns and Residents - SEIU, Health Care for All New York, Health Care Leaders of New York, New York Immigration Coalition, National Organization for Women - New York State,
 and Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

Thu, Dec 2: 7pm--9pm: Health Reform: The Battles Ahead in Albany and Washington

Jerin

National Organization for Women, New York State is co-sponsoring the following event.  I hope you can attend, along with me.

In Solidarity,
N. Jerin Arifa
Chair
NOW NYS Young Feminist Task Force


Public Health Association of New York City  
Presents
Health Reform:
 The Battles Ahead in Albany and Washington  

Thursday, December 2, 2010
 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: 
Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201*
(at Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues--use entrance on DeKalb Ave)
Health Sciences Building, Room 107

**RSVP by 12/1/10**

(DIRECTIONS: 2,3,4 or 5 trains to Nevis Street Station; B,M,Q or R trains to DeKalb Avenue Station; A,C or G trains to Hoyt Schemerhorn Street Station)



Featured speaker: 
John McDonough, DrPH, MPA 
 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health, Hunter College, CUNY, former Executive Director of Health Care for All of Massachsetts and health reform advisor to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
                       With Panelists:                    
Kinda Serafi, JD, Children's Defense Fund-NY
   Jenny Rejeske, MS, NY Immigration Coalition 
 Lois Uttley, MPP, Raising Women's Voices/PHANYC 
 William Jordan, MD, MPH, National Physicians Alliance-NY/PHANYC
Moderator: 
Mark Hannay
Metro NY Health Care for All
Registration is free and light refreshments will be served  

Event co-sponsored by:
Long Island University School of Health Professions,
AARP-NY, Children's Defense Fund-NY, Community Service Society, Committee for Interns and Residents - SEIU, Community Service Society, Health Care for All New York, Health Care Leaders of New York, Metro NY Health Care for All, New York Immigration Coalition, National Physicians Alliance-NY, New York Immigration Coalition,
National Organization for Women - New York State,
Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need


Please RSVP by following this link:


*DIRECTIONS: 2,3,4 or 5 trains to Nevins Street Station; B,M,Q or R trains to DeKalb Avenue Station; A,C or G trains to Hoyt Schererhorn Street Station
 
For more information, please email: 

Add your name to petition opposing a ban on abortion coverage in high-risk pools

YoungFeminists


NARAL Pro-Choice america


It's official.
Help us reach 25,000 signatures by Friday, August 6.
Just last week, the Obama administration published its new policy banning abortion coverage in the temporary high-risk insurance pools.
Now is your chance to speak out. I need your name next to mine on our petition opposing this new policy.
The new health-reform law has the potential to improve women's lives. But this new policy announced officially yesterday means that women who are part of these pools for the next three years because they have significant health problems, such as diabetes or cancer, will not be able to access abortion care, even if their health is at further risk. 
More than 38,800 activists have already called on the Obama administration to remove the abortion-coverage ban from high-risk pools. Now, the policy has been published, and it's time for public comment.
Help us send a clear and powerful message that women's access to abortion should not be used as a bargaining chip in the new health-care system.
Add your name by Friday, August 6 to the petition we will send to comment on the policy that bans abortion coverage in high-risk pools.
Thanks for standing with us as we stand strong in support of women's access to insurance coverage for abortion.
Nancy Keenan
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Stop Pres Obama & His Administration from an All-Out Attack on Choice

Jerin







Take Action!

Explanation from NOW-NYC:
Obama Administration Goes Too Far

According to a recent statement by the Obama Administration, women who need to purchase "high-risk" pool insurance plans will not have access to insurance coverage for abortion.  These plans will cover individuals with pre-existing conditions until the health exchanges are established in 2014.

This means that for the next three years, women with health problems such as diabetes or breast cancer--the women most likely to have pregnancy complications--will be denied insurance coverage for abortion.  Women enrolled in these plans will not even be able to use their own funds to cover abortion through their plans.

This policy takes away abortion insurance coverage for those women who are likely to need it most. Pro-choice activists helped defeat Stupak from being passed in Congress, but now the White House is establishing a Stupak-like policy for the "high-risk" pools, going even further than the Nelson compromise that was passed in the health care reform bill. 

Act NOW to tell the "Pro-Choice" White House that this is unacceptable! 
President Obama (202) 456-1111

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (877) 696-6775

Get More Info and a Sample Letter Here 
From NOW NY State:
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, NOW-NYS President Marcia Pappas warned ad nauseam that Obama was not to be trusted on the abortion choice issue. Pappas repeatedly explained that Obama's Illinois senatorial record was "at best shaky on choice. And Vice President Joe Biden also had a bad record on choice. Women and progressive men must finally realize that 'Democrat' is not synonymous with 'pro-choice.'" 
But In spite of Pappas' alarm, pro choice women and progressive men were fooled by Obama's rhetoric. In a recent interview Pappas remarked: "I believe Hillary Clinton would never have allowed this to happen. She understands that a woman's fundamental right to make decisions about her own body is paramount. As a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton, I continued to cast my vote for her throughout the election process, to the end. Obama was never fully on board for choice; and I was never fooled by his hypocrisy. It saddened me that others were so easily swayed. America lost its chance to have a great leader; and women will suffer the consequences."   
Pappas continued: "For example, this new burden will endanger women for whom pregnancy is extremely dangerous because of pre-existing medical conditions like breast cancer, diabetes, or AIDS. For such women, abortion coverage will be totally prohibited. How many more of these assaults can women take?"
Pappas concluded: "It is time for everyone who cares about women's health to stand up and be counted. NOW-NYS is asking you to take action today. Tell Obama he cannot allow this to happen. Women's  lives are worth more than this. This decision can only be seen as a trade for something else that  Obama wants. Those who supported Obama should be outraged by this recent move to restrict American women from getting the health care they need." 


Help us fight back!  We will not go back! Please donate to NOW-NYS to help us do the work that is needed to protect women's health care.  Without your financial help, we will never win this fight for equality!
Donate to NOW-New York State at
(NOW-NYS, Inc. takes no government money. We depend on our generous donors and members to provide us with the financial help that we need to do our work.)

Obama Administration Applies Stupak Amendment to High Risk Pools

Jerin

The following post on RH Reality Check explains why the most recent anti-choice act to come out of the Obama administration is such a slap in the face for all of us who spent time and money fighting for reproductive rights in healthcare reform.  Co-chair Meghan and I were in DC on two separate occasions to lobby our legislators to exclude Stupak-like provisions in the healthcare reform.  Other taskforce members like Michelle, Stacy, Esty, Dan, and Sabrina organized in NY and DC toward the same goal.  It seems our efforts were fruitless since the President many of us worked hard to elect lied about being pro-choice and decided to throw women under the bus.


In Solidarity,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Political Action Committee
Co-Chair
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force 
National Organization for Women (NOW)




Obama Administration Applies Stupak Amendment to High Risk Pools

ACTION ALERT: Tell the White House and HHS you don't accept their new abortion restrictions!

YoungFeminists

I agree with NARAL's outrage  that such a decision below would come from a pro-choice president that we helped elect.  I can't imagine Hilary Clinton making the same decision.  This is a series of bad decisions, on the hills of the one Pres Obama made codifying the Hyde Amendment into law.


In Solidarity,
Jerin Alam

National NOW Political Action Committee
Co-Chair
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force 
National Organization for Women (NOW)



From Raising Women's Voices
Yesterday, the Obama administration shocked women's health organizations by announcing it had decided to sharply restrict abortion coverage in the new federally-subsidized "high-risk pool" insurance plans that will be offered to people with pre-existing conditions, such as breast cancer and diabetes. The coverage will only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or danger to the woman's life, according to a press statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The administration's decision will mean thousands of women with serious medical conditions will lack coverage for abortions they may need because of risks to their health -- or the health of a developing fetus – from medical complications or treatments such as chemotherapy. These women will not even be permitted to use their own premium dollars to buy this coverage through the new federal and state high-risk pool plans.

Contact the White House and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius NOW to say this decision is unacceptable! Tell the administration that women with pre-existing medical conditions need abortion coverage!

To reach the White House:
Call: (202) 456-1111
Email: public@who.eop.gov

To reach the Department of Health and Human Services:
Call: (877) 696-6775
Email: http://www.hhs.gov/feedback.html


But don't the restrictions on use of federal dollars for abortion coverage apply here?  No. Even though federal dollars are being used to subsidize these new high-risk pool insurance plans, there is no requirement that abortion coverage be restricted. That is because the Hyde Amendment restrictions on use of Labor-HHS appropriations for abortion coverage do not apply to this new appropriation. Moreover, the Nelson amendment abortion restrictions that were included in the health reform law do not apply to the high-risk pool plan section of the law.

What this means is that the administration has voluntarily adopted these new abortion restrictions, going beyond what the health reform law required.

The White House has imposed what amounts to the egregious Stupak abortion ban on the high-risk pool insurance plans. Like the Stupak ban, the new administration decision will bar women with pre-existing conditions from using their own funds to buy abortion coverage through the high-risk pools.

Tell the White House we defeated Stupak in Congress and won't accept it from HHS! The abortion restrictions in the high-risk pools must be lifted!

To reach the White House:
Call: (202) 456-1111
Email: public@who.eop.gov

To reach the Department of Health and Human Services:
Call: (877) 696-6775
Email: http://www.hhs.gov/feedback.html



From NARAL



To our dismay, the Obama administration just announced it will exclude abortion coverage in the temporary health-insurance pools that will transition us into the new health-care system.
I am outraged that such a decision would come from a pro-choice president that we helped elect.


I have contacted the White House, but I need your voice, too. Tell President Obama that this new policy is unacceptable and ask him to change course immediately.

According to the Associated Press, the Obama administration is set to ban abortion services in a new, temporary program for individuals who fall into high-risk pools.1 This policy means that women who are part of these pools because they have significant health problems, such as diabetes or cancer, will not be able to access abortion care, even if their health is at further risk.
Believe it or not, the administration’s policy is similar to the ban proposed by anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). That’s right. For about three years, a Stupak-style ban will now apply to women in these new high-risk insurance pools.

Abortion is the most common surgical procedure women receive. At a time when the country is on the cusp of implementing nationwide health-insurance coverage, it is unacceptable to treat abortion care differently in the new high-risk pools.
Please urge President Obama to remove the abortion-coverage ban immediately.

Unless President Obama steps in, women with pre-existing conditions or other high-risk medical needs like diabetes will lose out on coverage for abortion care.
Help us fight back. Tell President Obama that the abortion-coverage ban was not part of the agreement on health reform.

I’ll keep you posted as this story unfolds. We will keep the pressure on the White House until the administration changes course.
Nancy Keenan
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

TODAY: 3 Important Conference Call Opportunities for Health Care Advocates!

YoungFeminists


TODAY : 3 Important Conference Call Opportunities for Advocates!
First Lady Michelle Obama and Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today will announce next steps for helping women and families get the preventive health care we need to improve our health and reduce health care spending.  The official announcement is expected at 2:10 or 2:15 pm EDT  and will be broadcast at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Following the public announcement, the administration will hold two conference calls, one at 5 pm, for all advocates, and a newly announced call at 6 p.m. EDTspecifically for women's health advocates.You’re invited!

These are both good opportunities for women’s health advocates to demonstrate our support for this important provision of the law and to let our allies at HHS know how important it is for women that they eliminate the cost barriers that make it hard for some of us to get the preventive care we need – like comprehensive contraceptive care and screenings for intimate partner violence, as well as screenings for sexually transmitted infections and cervical cancer. The second call, scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT, is scheduled to be a conversation with women's health advocates. Speakers will include Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and Nancy-Ann DeParle of the Office on Health Reform. As the Wall Street Journal reported today, the initial list of of preventive services that will be exempted from co-pays and deductibles will NOT include contraception [CORRECTED]. A decision about birth control will be made later as the Administration issues separate guidance about the Women's Health Amendment to this portion of the health reform law. Today's calls are great opportunities to let the Administration know contraception is prevention and we expect it to be included!

Here are the details for both the White House calls:
WHAT: General Conference Call on preventive care in the Affordable Care Act
WHEN: TODAY: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 5:00pm ET
HOW: Call (800) 288-8968 and ask for the “Prevention Call” (be sure to dial in 5-10 minutes early)

WHAT:  Women and Prevention call on preventive care in the Affordable Care Act with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and Nancy-Ann DeParle
WHEN:  TODAY: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:00pm ET
HOW:  Call (866) 233-3843 and ask for the “Prevention and Women Call”  (be sure to dial in 5-10 minutes early)

Please share this invitation with your networks! Note: this call is for background information only, and not intended for press.
 

Another Conference Call Reminder!
Health Reform and Health Equity

As we mentioned in yesterday’s newsletter, there is another call scheduled today to discuss how we can use health reform to work for health equity.

Givent that the new health reform law presents a number of opportunities to work for health equity and reduce health disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability and other factors, RWV is organizing a working group on health equity. This working group will be led by RWV co-founder Byllye Avery, founder of the National Black Women’s Health Project and RWV's Eesha Pandit at The MergerWatch Project of Community Catalyst. To participate in this working group, please email us at info@raisingwomensvoices.net.

In preparation for this work, RWV is urging our regional coordinators and supporters to listen to a Families USA conference call TODAY, July 14, at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 Pacific. Rea Pañares and Sherice Perry, Director and Program Manager of Minority Health at Families USA, will discuss how the new law creates a foundation for eliminating health disparities through investments in public health and prevention; coverage expansions, and provisions that specifically address disparities in health care. Click here to register for the call.



Raising Women's Voices is a national initiative 


working to make sure women's voices are heard 

in the Health Reform debate and their concerns are addressed by policymakers 

developing national and state health reform plans.

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Metro NY Health Care for All CALENDAR of Events

YoungFeminists

Mon. July 12, 6:30 p.m. – Monthly meeting of the Commission on the Public's Health System; guest speaker Judith Arroyo (Local 436, DC 37 AFSCME); agenda includes the state and city budget outcomes, and the new federal health care reform law; at the Urban Justice Center, 123 William Street, 16th floor, in lower Manhattan; more info at 212-246-0803 or www.cphsnyc.org

*Tues. July 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Statewide meeting of Health Care for All New York's Equity and Disparities Task Force; at 1199 SEIU, 115 Washington Ave. in Albany; car pools available from NYC (contact 212-925-1829); RSVPs at www.hcfany.org; more info at 607-723-0110 (Lea Webb)

Wed. July 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – "A New Era in Medicaid: Federal Reform and Fiscal Uncertainty"; a conference sponsored by the United Hospital Fund; featured speakers include Steven Anderman (Bronx-Lebanon Hosp.), Deborah Bachrach (Bachrach Health Strategies), Michael Birnbaum (United Hospital Fund), Rima Cohen (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services), JoAnn Costantino (Northeast Health), Donna Frescatore (NYS Dept. of Health), and Dennis Whalen (Healthcare Assoc. of NYS); at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave. (at 34th St.) in Manhattan; registration $100 ($50 students); RSVPs and more info at www.uhfnyc.org

*Thurs. July 15, 5 p.m. – Press Conference on New York's New "Prior Approval" Law; hosted by Sen. Suzy Oppenheimer, featuring various guest speakers; at the Burke Rehabilitation Center, 785 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains; more info at 914-934-5250.

Thurs. July 15, 6 p.m. – Reception for 2010 National Hispanic Medical Assoc. Leadership Fellows; guest speaker Jaime Torres, MD (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services); at the NY Academy of Medicine, 5th Ave. & 103rd St. in Manhattan; RSVPs to 202-628-5895 or rsvp@nhmamd.org

*Mon. July 19, 1 p.m. – WBAI Health Action; broadcast over 99.5 FM in NYC area or www.wbai.org on the web; topics and guests TBA; past programs available for up to 90 days for live streaming or downloads at www.wbai.org; more info at 212-925-1829

*Tues. July 20, 10 a.m. – Monthly roundtable and meeting of New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage; guest speaker(s) and topic TBA; at the Center for Independence of the Disabled NY, 841 Broadway (at 14th St.), 3rd fl., in Manhattan; more info at 646-442-4147

*Fri. July 23, 10 a.m. – "The New Health Care Law: What it Means for Seniors and People with Disabilities"; a forum sponsored by the NY Network for Action on Medicare and Social Security, and New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage; featuring Maria Alvarez (NY Statewide Senior Action Council), Mark Hannay (Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign), and Heidi Siegfried (NYFAHC); at JASA's Cooper Sq. Residence, 200 E. 5th St. (at 3rd Ave.) in Manhattan; more info at 212-925-1829

*Mon. July 26, 1 p.m. – WBAI Health Action; broadcast over 99.5 FM in NYC area or www.wbai.org on the web; topics and guests TBA; past programs available for up to 90 days for live streaming or downloads at www.wbai.org; more info at 212-925-1829

Thurs. July 29, 7 p.m. – 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act; hosted by the Center for Independence of the Disabled NY; at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.) in Manhattan; $5 suggested contribution; RSVPs and more info 646-442-4156 or eeason@cidny.org

(* indicates events or groups in which we play a leadership or sponsoring role.)
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Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign
40 Worth Street, Suite 802
New York, NY  10013
212-925-1829