Joint Legislative Budget Hearing - Health
February 25, 2021
9:30 a.m.


Howard Zucker, MD, JD
Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Linda Lacewell
Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services

Ervin Ives
Acting Inspector General, New York State Office of Medicaid

Bea Grause, RN, JD
President, Healthcare Association of NYS-HANYS

Dr. Camille Clare, MD, FACOG
Board Chair, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Maureen Regan
President, NYS Society of Physician Assistants

David Rich
Executive Vice President, Greater New York Hospital Association

Hany Abdelaal
President, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Milly Silva
Executive Vice President, 1199 SEIU

Bryan O’Malley
Executive Director, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State

Alyssa Lovelace
Director for Public Policy and Advocacy, Home Care Association of NYS

Lauri Cole
Executive Director, NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Beth Finkel
State Director, AARP NY

Talya Schwartz
President & CEO, Metro Plus Health Plan

James Clyne
President, LeadingAge NY

Heidi Siegfried
Director of Health Policy, Center for Independence of the Disabled NY

Douglas Hovey
CEO, Independent Living, Inc.

Sarah Ravenhall, MHA
Executive Director, New York State Association of County Health Officials

Eric Linzer
President and CEO, New York Health Plan Association

Bonnie Litvack, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

Kathy Febraio
President, New State Association of Health Care Providers

Chris Norwood
Executive Director, Health People

Rose Duhan
President & CEO, Community Health Care Association of NYS

Wendy Stark
Executive Director, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Bill Hammond
Senior Fellow for Health Policy, Empire Center

Charles Bell
Programs Directory, Consumer Reports

Leishia Smallwood
Director, NYS Area Health Education System

Amanda Dunker
Staff, Health Care for All New York

Elisabeth Benjamin
Vice President of Health Initiatives, Community Service Society of NY

Lara Kasssel
Coalition Coordinator, Medicaid Matters NY

Louise Cohen
CEO, Primary Care Development Corporation

Anthony Feliciano
Director, Commission on the Public’s Health System

Lauren Rowley
Senior Vice President of State Affairs, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

Mike Duteau
Member, Community Pharmacy Association of NYS

Thomas D’Angelo
President of the Board, Pharmacists Society of the State of NY

Julie Hart
Senior director, NY Government Relations, American Cancer Society

Charles King
CEO, Housing Works

Lisa Newcomb
Executive Director, Empire State Association of Assisted Living

Stephen Hanse
President and CEO, New York State Health Facilities Association

Emily Frankel
Government Affairs Manager, The National Office for Nurse-Family Partnership

LuAnne Brown
Chair, Association of Perinatal Networks

Alice Bufkin
Director of Policy for Child and Adolescent Health

Steven Sanders
Executive Director, Agencies for Children’s Therapy Services

Ralph Palladino
2nd VP, Clerical Administrative Employees Local 1549

Judith Cutchin
President, New York State Nurses Association

Dan Egan
Executive Director, Feeding NYS

Written Testimony
Blair Horner
Executive Director, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

Andrew Pallotta
President, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)

Allison Cook
State Policy Manager for PHI

Jenn O’Connor
Director of Policy and Advocacy at Prevent Child Abuse

Piero Dalebra, MD
Assistant Professor, Columbia University

PPESA, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts

Keith Gurgui
Systems Advocate-Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc.

Adam Greenburg
General Counsel, RO

Sasha Kesler
Member/Leader, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and the Caring Majority

Kate Breslin
President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy

Neil Heyman
CEO, Southern New York Association, Inc.

Claudia Duck Tucker
Senior vice President Government Affairs/Public Policy for Teladoc Health

Kristen Cocoman
President and CEO, The ALS Upstate New York Chapter

Lindsay Heckler
Supervising Attorney, The Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ)

Bright Hurley
Senior Director for Policy and program, The Children’s Agenda

Rebecca Antar Novick
Director, Health Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society

NACDS, National Association of Chain Drug Stores

The Wright Group NY

TAG, Treatment Action Group

Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Founding Director of the Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania

Stephen Dahmer, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Vireo Health of New York

WellNow Urgent Care

NYS Network For Youth Success


Valerie Bogart, Esq.
Director, Evelyn Frank Legal Resource Program, New York Legal Assistance Group

CSH, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Betty Baez Melo, Esq.
Early Childhood Education Project, Advocates for Children of NY

Emily Goldberg
African Services

Alliance for Connected Care

Allen A. Pheffer

Elizabeth Smith-Biovin
Chair, Alzheimer’s Association of NYS

Caitlin O’Brien
Government Relations Director, American Heart Association

American Lung Association

Apicha Community Health Center

Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Bronx Borough President

Faigie Horowitz
Worker, Caring Professionals

Gregg Beratran
Director of Advocacy, Center for Disability Rights

Lindsay Heckler,
Supervising Attorney, Center for Elder Law

Bob Cohen, Esq.
Policy Director, Citizens Action of NY

Coalition of NYS Public Health

Henry M. Bartlett
Vice President for Government & Relations, Damain Family Care Centers, Inc.

Downstate NY ADAPT

MaryDel Wypych
Co-Chair, Elder Justice Committee Justice Committee of Metro Justice

Emily Mace
Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Emmanuelle Passegue

Winning Beginning NY

Lisa French
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Field & Fork Network

Global Business Alliance

HANAC, Enrique Jerves
Program Director for HANVA’s Health Access Program

Jacqueline Kilmer
Chief Executive Officer, Harlem United

Nora O’Brien-Suric, PhD
President, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

Henry Moss, PhD
President, Long Term Care, Home Care Workers

Ronni Marks
Founder/ED-Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc.

Bethsy Morales
Assistant Vice President for Programs at Hispanic Federation

Max Handler, MPH, MA
Director of the New Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

Joanna Smeeton, PhD

Kendra Scalia
Member, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employee’s Network

Large Downstate Licensed Home

Lei Ding, PhD
Associate Professor, Columbia Stem Cell Initiative

Lewis M. Brown
Director, Quantitative Proteomics Center

Mary Beth Delarm

Massayuki Yazawa, PhD
Assistant Professor, Columbia Stem Cell Initiative

Mary Pieper
Executive Director, Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation, Inc.

Fred Riccardi
President, Medicare Rights Center

Bobbie Sackman
Campaign Leader, NY Caring Majority/Jews for Radical & Economic Justice

NYAIL, New York Association Independent Living

Amber Kahn, Esq.
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc. (NYLPI)

Christine Allen, Ph.D
President, New York State Psychological Association

John DiPreta, MD FAAOS
President, NYS Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc. (NYSSOS)

NCBHN, North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network

Tim Atkinson
Executive Director, NYS Veterinary Medical Society

Wayne Spence
President, Public Employees Federation (PEF)

Alan Pheffer

Kathleen Gallagher
Director, Catholic Action Network, NYS Catholic Charities

NYSSLHA, NYS Speech Language-Hearing Association

Tim Atkinson
NYS Veterinary Society

NYS Network for Youth Success

Adelphi University

Adult Cystic Fibrosis Assistance Program

Arlene Sandra Abramson

Jo Weiderhorn
President & CEO, Association of Medical Schools of NY

Children’s Aid

NYeC, New York eHealth Collaborative

NY Health Plan Association

NYS Association on Rural Health

Opiant Pharmaceutical

Nassau Hiking and Outdoor Club

NY Caring Majority

Linda Lacewell
Superintendent, Department of Financial