ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Brooklyn's health care delivery system is at a critical juncture. A report issued late last year by the State Health Department's Brooklyn Health Systems Redesign Work Group - At the Brink of Transformation: Restructuring the Healthcare Delivery System in Brooklyn - found a community "grappling with high rates of chronic disease and a healthcare delivery system that is, in many areas, ill-equipped to address them." The report also found high rates of preventable hospital admissions and avoidable emergency department visits - signs of deficiencies in primary care services. This situation has created a financial distress for several Brooklyn hospitals that are safety net providers, putting at risk their ability to deliver services.
Together with the Brooklyn Assembly delegation, the Health Committee will explore the factors contributing to the Brooklyn health care crisis and how to resolve it.
Testimony at this hearing is by invitation only. Persons planning to attend the hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form by Monday, February 4. It is important that the reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation of the hearing.
Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes' duration. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.
Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committee would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements.
In order to meet the needs of those who may have a disability, the Assembly, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Assembly facilities and activities.
Questions about the hearing may be directed to Michelle Newman at 518-455-4371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hon. Richard N. Gottfried
Member of Assembly
Committee on Health