Experts See Prescription For New Oversight Panel In Health Care Bill

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President Barack Obama’s health care reform battle may be in limbo in Washington, but state officials are still preparing for dealing with what would be a massive change to health care delivery in New York. Albany’s first hurdle is deciding who will oversee the process of putting the reforms in place—a tricky decision that shows how laborious and politicized the reform process could become.… [More]

Facing St. Vincent’s Closure, Manhattan Pols Have Change Of Heart On Hospital Closure Bill

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Last year, a coalition of state legislators from Queens ushered through both houses a bill that would mandate a 90-day public comment period if the state wanted to shutter a hospital. But Gov. David Paterson vetoed the bill, known as the Hospital Closure Planning Act and despite prodding from the Queens delegation, the Legislature did not override the veto. Now however, Manhattan politicians are in an uproar over the likely shuttering of the emergency room at St. Vincent’s Hospital, a closure that… [More]

New York’s Congressional Delegation Says Full-Speed Ahead on Health Care Reform

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Members of New York’s Congressional delegation said yesterday they were optimistic about enacting health care reform within weeks, even in the wake of Tuesday’s Republican upset in Massachusetts, and would consider supporting dramatically transformed legislation than had previously been passed, so long as they can salvage core principles of the earlier bills.… [More]