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Baruch Professor Shoshana Sofaer Co-Chairs National Academy of Sciences Committee Recommending Full Coverage for America’s 40 Million Uninsured

– On Feb. 5 Baruch School of Public Affairs Hosts “Covering the Uninsured: A Challenge for New York”, A Symposium on the Local Implications of the Reports Findings—

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences this month released a newsmaking final report that culminated the IOM’s three years of study of the social, medical, and economic impact of lack of health insurance in America. The report went beyond any earlier official study in recommending full coverage for every American by 2010.

Co-chairing the Institute’s final reporting committee was Shoshana Sofaer, the Robert P. Luciano Professor of Healthcare Policy at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs.
On February 5, Baruch’s School of Public Affairs hosts a half-day symposium discussing the report and its local implications, entitled, “Covering the Uninsured, A Challenge for New York.”

The IOM study and final report formally recommended that the United States guarantee health insurance for every citizen. "The lack of health insurance for tens of millions of Americans has serious negative consequences and economic costs not only for the uninsured themselves but also for their families, the communities they live in, and the whole country," the 16-member committee concluded. "The situation is dire and expected to worsen. The Committee urges Congress and the Administration to act immediately to eliminate this longstanding problem."

The February 5 event features keynote speaker James R. Tallon, Jr., president of the United Hospital Fund.

The morning will begin with an overview of the IOM report, delivered by Dr. Sofaer. A panel of local experts will discuss the implications for New York. These include: Richard Gottfried, NY Assemblyman; David Jones, President and Chief Executive, Community Service Society of New York and Marjorie Cadogan, Mayor's Office of Health Insurance Access. Proceedings commence with registration at 8:15 a.m. and take place at Baruch’s Newman Vertical Campus at 55 Lexington Avenue, at the corner of 24th St., in the 14th floor conference center.

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Contacts: Vince Passaro 212.802.2916        
Zane Berzins 212.802.2881

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