Press Advisory: State Health Commissioner Daines Urges Support for Governor's Health Care Reforms

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 28, 2008) - State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will join clinicians and patient care advocates tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Glens Falls at a Hudson Headwaters clinic to discuss Governor Spitzer's 2008-09 budget proposals that reallocate funds from acute care institutions to primary and preventive care settings. These proposals include Doctors Across New York and primary care investments to create an affordable, high-quality health care system that supports greater access to primary care and other outpatient services, based on the principle that patients, not institutions, must be at the center of the health care system.

WHERE:

Health Center on Broad Street, 100 Broad Street, Waiting Room on West Side of Building, Glens Falls, New York

WHEN:

Friday, February 29, 2008, begins at 10 a.m. sharp.

WHO:

Press availability with New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.; Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward, John Rugge, M.D. of the Hudson Headwaters Health Network; Robin Pierce, Executive Director of the Smith House Health Center, Willsboro; family practitioner Jose "Jun" David, M.D. of Albany, and Lara Kassel of the consumer group Medicaid Matters

Among the health care advocates in attendance will be Lottie Johnson, Area Health Education Centers; Vicky Wheaton, Adirondack Health Network; Cathy Lamay, Greater Adirondack Perinatal Network; Dennis Weaver, M.D.; Kate Breslin, Policy Director of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS); Debbie Barden, Facilitated Enroller; Elias Socolof, M.D., and Sr. Charla Cummins, Catholic Charities.