On Sunday, February 7th,
the Unitarian Universalist
Congregation of Glens Falls
and the League of Women
Voters of Warren County
co-sponsored a health care
reform symposium open to
the public. In attendance
were Dr. John Rugge of
Hudson Headwaters Health
Network, NY Assembly-
member Teresa Sayward
and Mark Luciano
Since formal adoption by its National Board in April 1993, the League has supported basic quality health care for all U.S. residents financed through general taxes, with effective cost control strategies and equitable distribution of services.
Personal stories were shared of critical comprehensive care provided by NY Child Health Plus, the enormous premium cost of individual health insurance policies and the ease of health care for U.S. travelers in Europe.
Rugge presented the Medical Home initiative, a pilot project for northeastern NY to better support primary care physicians in rural areas, and to improve quality of care
through electronic information sharing, proactive planning and
uniform insurance standards of care. This program was
developed to address the anticipated retirement of a critical
number of primary care physicians in the Adirondack Park
region. The five year pilot plan will run from January 1, 2010
through 2014. It is one of the largest local initiatives being
pursued across the the country to improve health care delivery
efficiently and economically.
Sayward was instrumental in obtaining funding and assistance
from state agencies to ensure cooperation from insurance
Luciano confirmed Murphy's support of a public option to cover more Americans, but remains concerned about the cost of the bill passed in the House. The difference between the House and Senate bill will need to be resolved in joint conference committe.