Assembly Member Richard Gottfried Presents Grand Rounds on May 13th

Gottfried 2012 headshot

Photo: New York State Assembly Member, Richard N. Gottfried

New York, NY (May 11, 2016) – Richard Gottfried will present the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s May Grand Rounds. His presentation, entitled “Single-Payer Coverage: Why and How to Get There,” will speak to the importance of moving to a single-payer coverage system, especially in New York State, the process of enacting major legislation in New York State, and the challenges to enacting single-payer coverage in New York State and how to overcome them.

Assembly Member Gottfried is Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Health. He was a major architect of New York’s landmark managed care reforms. Highlights of his legislative work include the passage of: the Prenatal Care Assistance Program for low income women; the Child Health Plus Program, which allows low- and moderate-income parents to get free or low-cost health insurance for their children; the law that gives patients access to information about a doctor’s background and malpractice record; Family Health Plus, which provides free health coverage for low-income adults; the Health Care Proxy Law, which allows people to designate an agent to make health care decisions for them if they lose decision-making capacity; simplification of enrollment in publicly-financed programs (such as Medicaid); the Family Health Care Decision Act, which allows family members to make health care decisions when a person is incapacitated and has not filled out a health care proxy; the HIV Testing and Confidentiality Law; and laws that promotes stronger primary and preventive care and formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs). In the Legislature, he has been the leading proponent of patient autonomy, especially in end-of-life care, and reproductive freedom. He also sponsors the N.Y. Health bill to create a universal publicly funded single-payer health coverage plan for New York State.

As part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s virtual campus, videoconferencing will be offered with the Beth Israel Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine and the Mount Sinai-affiliated Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency in Kingston, NY.

The event will be held from 8-9am on Friday, May 13th in Mount Sinai’s Hatch Auditorium in the Guggenheim Pavilion (1468 Madison Avenue), 2nd Floor*. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30am.

Grand Rounds are open to all and occur on the second Friday of every month, September-June.

*New venue –  Davis Auditorium, Hess Center for Science and Medicine (1470 Madison Ave), 2nd Floor  – Between 101st & 102nd Streets