More than 100 attend governor's panel at UHS
More than 100 people attended Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Southern Tier Expert Panel” at UHS June 28 on the potential effects of the healthcare bills currently before Congress.
UHS Binghamton General was the site of the panel discussion, which drew panelists and attendees from throughout the region.
Presented by Cuomo administration officials, the discussion in the Russell Room focused on how hospitals, nursing homes, providers, patients and residents could be affected if the proposed legislation were to be passed.
John Carrigg, President & CEO, UHS Hospitals, welcomed panelists and attendees.
“An important part of our mission at UHS is to encourage public information on issues related to all aspects of healthcare, and to foster community conversations about the future of care, service, access and cost,” John said. “This is true whether the issues develop at the local, state or national level, and regardless of political affiliation.”
Drake Lamen, MD, president and CEO of UHS Chenango Memorial, was a member of the panel.
As both a primary care physician and a hospital leader, he offered perspectives on the potential impact of the legislation on institutions that serve large rural areas.
A high percentage of the babies born at UHS Chenango Memorial are covered by Medicaid, so deep cuts to the Medicaid program would have a negative impact on rural hospitals and the people they serve, he noted.
The panel was chaired by Maria T. Vullo, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services.
The Southern Tier panel was similar to 10 other regional meetings scheduled this month around the Empire State.
The panels feature Cuomo administration officials along with experts from across the healthcare field.
In Congress, the American Health Care Act backed by President Trump and Republican leaders passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May by a 217–213 vote.
Then, in the Senate, Republicans released their proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, on June 22. After failing to gain enough support to pass it, GOP Senate leaders on June 27 delayed the healthcare vote until after their July recess.
The bills are designed to replace many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, which was proposed by President Obama and passed into law by Congress in 2010.