Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner Joins Manhattan Health Care Advocates to Urge Support for Governor's Budget Reforms, Promoting Access to Primary and Preventive Health Care

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will join public health advocates at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center, 645 10th Ave. in Manhattan, to support Governor David A. Paterson's budget proposals that expand access to primary care.

New York's Medicaid program is the most expensive in the country, yet 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 includes reimbursement incentives to encourage the delivery of primary care by raising the rates Medicaid will pay to health clinics and private-practice physicians. Some Medicaid funding will be shifted from hospital inpatient care to outpatient clinics, health centers and other primary care settings.

WHO: State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.; Barbra Minch, President and CEO of the William F. Ryan Community Health Network; and representatives of Medicaid Matters, the Primary Care Coalition, the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) and others.

WHAT: Urge Support for Governor Paterson's health care reform proposal that would expand access to primary and preventive care to improve the health of New Yorkers and reduce health care costs.

WHERE: Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center waiting room, 645 10th Ave. (between 45th and 46th streets), New York, N.Y. 10036

WHEN: Friday, December 19, at 1 p.m.