Lavine Chosen for Joint Conference Committee on Health

March 17, 2011

Glen Cove – Assemblyman Charles Lavine has been selected to serve as a member of the New York State Assembly’s delegation to the Joint Conference Committee on Health. As part of the budget process, each house of the New York State Legislature authors their respective budget proposals. Conference Committees are public hearings that provide a forum for the Assembly and Senate to come to a compromise.

Lavine has been specifically concerned with a proposal that would harm independent pharmacies by mandating the use of large mail order corporations for Medicaid patients.

“The individual pharmacist is going to be there week to week, month to month, and year to year and knows what individual needs are,” Lavine stated in the March 17th conference committee. “In respect to mail order corporations: there certainly must be an option for citizens to be able to go to their own pharmacy and maintain the important relationship that ensures the health and strength of our communities.”

The Joint Conference Committee on Health will resume on Monday and Assemblyman Charles Lavine is eager to continue discussing some of the issues that will so greatly affect each and every citizen of New York State.