Media Advisory: Primary Care Advocates Join State Health Commissioner to Urge Support for Governor's Reforms that Promote Access to Primary Care

On Friday, December 19 at 10 a.m., State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will be joined by advocates for primary care at the Urban Health Plan's El Nuevo San Juan Health Center, 1065 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx to urge support for Governor Paterson's budget proposals that expand access to primary care.

Although New York State's Medicaid program is the most expensive in the nation, the state is ranked 39th among the states on hospitalizations for conditions that are generally avoidable with good primary care.

Governor Paterson's proposed budget for the next fiscal year includes reimbursement incentives to encourage the delivery of primary care by shifting some Medicaid funding from hospital inpatient care to outpatient clinics, health centers, and other primary care settings.

WHO: NYS Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., and representatives of the Urban Health Plan, the Commission on the Public's Health System, Medicaid Matters, the Primary Care Coalition, the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), Bronx Health Link and others.

WHAT: Urge support for Governor Paterson's budget proposals that expand access to primary and preventive care to improve the health of New Yorkers and reduce health care costs.

WHERE: Urban Health Plan's El Nuevo San Juan Health Center, 1065 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx.

WHEN: Friday, December 19 at 10 a.m.