HEALTHCARE REFORM: A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR -- BARUCH AND CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS CO-SPONSOR A CONFERENCE ON NEW YORK STATE HEALTHCARE REFORM

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BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY – Medicaid spending now accounts for 44 percent of the New York State budget, and current trends both in the healthcare industry and in diminished Federal support indicate that those costs are headed nowhere but up.

To help formulate structural reforms in New York State healthcare policies and spending, Governor George E. Pataki in 2004 appointed the Working Group on Healthcare, a committee of experts assigned to examine how healthcare is delivered and paid for in New York State and to make recommendations to him along the way.

That work is now complete and ready for public debate. Along with Crain's New York Business , the management department at Baruch's Zicklin School of Business and the Baruch College School of Public Affairs will co-sponsor the first major discussion of the Working Group on Healthcare's recently released report entitled Healthcare Reform: A Report to the Governor, which was completed in December.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. til noon at Baruch's Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street, Room 14-220. Please note, this is a changed venue from that of the original announcement.

Speakers at the conference will represent every major constituent in the healthcare debate. Perhaps most prominent among the guests, given the occasion, will be Stephen Berger, longtime New York political insider and chairman of the Working Group on Healthcare, and two county executives, Thomas Suozzi of Nassau County and Joel Giambra of Erie County.

The morning-long conference will cover an overview of the Working Group report's findings, reaction from the healthcare industry, and exploration of the political possibilities of meeting the report's goals.

Besides Mr. Berger, guests will include: Kenneth Raske, President, Greater NY Hospital Association; LaRay Brown, Senior Vice President, Health and Hospitals Corporation; Laurel Pickering, Executive Director, NY Business Group on Health; Alair Townsend, Publisher, Crain's NY Business; Stan Altman, Dean, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College; James Tallon, Jr., President, United Hospital Fund; and Harry Rosen, Chair of Management Department, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.

Those who wish to attend the conference should RSVP to the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, at (212) 802-5735 or at spa_conferences@baruch.cuny.edu.



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