2024 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing - Health
January 23, 2024
9:30 a.m.
Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany

Transcript Pending
Dr. James V. McDonald, M.D., M.P.H.,
Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Amir Bassiri
Medicaid Director, New York State Department of Health

Adrienne Harris
Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services

Kenneth E. Raske
President, Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)

Bea Grause, RN, JD
President, Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

George Gresham
President, 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East

David Sandman
President & CEO, New York Health Foundation (NYHealth)

Jordan Goldberg
Director of Policy, Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)

Rose Duhan
President & CEO, Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS)

Eric Linzer
President & CEO, New York Health Plan Association (HPA)

Erin Drinkwater
Chief of Government Relations, New York State Coalition of Public Health Plans

Mia Wagner
Health Policy Manager, Heath Care for All New York (HCFANY)

Bill Hammond
Senior Fellow for Health Policy, Empire Center

Jim Clyne
President & CEO, LeadingAge New York

Charles King
CEO, Housing Works

Lindsay Heckler
Policy Director, Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ)

Dr. Irina Gelman
Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Health
New York Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO)

Stephan Hanse
President and CEO, New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), New York State center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL)

Michael Duteau, RPh,
President, Community Pharmacy Association of NYS

Megan C. Ryan, Esq.
Interim CEO, Nassau Health Care Corporation (NHCC)

Scott Mesh, Ph.D
Board Member, Agencies for Children’s Therapy Services (ACTS)

Nicole Bryl
CEO, Children’s Health Home of Upstate New York

Brigid Hurley
Chief Program Officer, The Children’s Agenda, Kids Can’t Wait Coalition

Lauren Spiker
Executive Director, 13thirty Cancer Connect

Maggie Dickson
Director of Public Policy, Alliance of NYS YMCAs

Dr. Jerome Cohen
President-Elect, Medical Society of the State of New York

Leon Bell
Director of Public Policy, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)

Edward Mathes
President, New York Society of Physicians Assistants (NYSSPA)

Jonathan Teyan
President & CEO, Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY)

Rebecca Miller
NYS Legislative & Political Director
CWA District One

Michael Davoli
Senior Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSAN)

Tess Barker
Board Chair, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts (PPESA)

Jeanne M. Chirico
President & CEO, Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS)

Ryan Healy
Advocacy Manager, Feeding New York State

Natasha Pernicka
Executive Director, The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York

Angie Pender-Fox
Associate Executive Director, The Food Pantries for the Capitol District

Al Cardillo
President & CEO, Home Care Association of NYS (HCA)

Bryan O’Malley
Executive Director, Consumer Directed Action of New York (CDANY)

Chris Vitale
Legislative Coordinator, Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL)

Laura Ehrich
Vice President of Public Policy, NYS Association of Health Care Providers

Connor Shaw
Political Director, Home Healthcare Workers of America (HHWA)

Written Testimony
Action for Health & State Care Network

Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

Adirondack Birth to Three Alliances

Advantage Care Physicians NY

Advocacy Center of Queens County

Advocates for Children of NY

Alliance for Positive Change

Alliance of Traumatic Brain Injury and Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver Providers

Alzheimer’s Association

American Association of Equine Practitioners

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Heart Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Argus Community and BOOM!Health

Brooklyn Hospital Center

Business Council

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center


Center for Health Workforce Studies

Center for Independence of the Disabled

Center of HIV Law and Policy

Changing Lives Improving Our Community

Children's Defense Fund NY

Chinese American Planning Council

Citizen Action

Citizens' Committee for Children of NY

Civics League for Disability Rights


Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled

Coalition of Long Term Care Plans

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

Donate Life NYS

Dutchess Outreach

Education Trust - NY

Empire Justice Center

Equity Advocates

Federation of Mental Health Services

Federations of Organizations

Field and Fork Network

Food Bank for NYC

G6PD Deficiency Foundation

Harlem United

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of NYS


Iroquois Healthcare Association

Island Harvest Nourishing Long Island's Future

Lambda Legal

League of Women Voters

Legal Action Center

Legal Aid Society

Make the Road NY

Medicaid Matters NY

Medicare Rights Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Institute for Reproductive Health

National Organization for Rare Disorders

New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis

Northeast Dairy Producers Association

Nurse Practitioner Association NYS

Nurse Practitioners of NY

NY American College of Emergency Physicians

NY Association of School Psychologists

NY Association on Independent Living


NY Caring Majority Rising

NY Civil Liberties Union

NY Coalition of Downstate Union Home Care Agencies

NY Health Home Coalition

NY Informed Consent Coalition

NY Legal Assistance Group

NY Providers Alliance

NY Safety Net Hospital Coalition

NYS Academy of Family Physicians

NYS Alliance for Children With Special Needs

NYS American Academy of Pediatrics

NYS Area Health Education Center System

NYS Association for Rural Health

NYS Camp Directors Association

NYS Coalition for Children's Behavioral Health

NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

NYS Dental Association

NYS Dental Foundation

NYS Early Intervention Coordinating Council

NYS Public Health Association

NYS Radiological Society

NYS Speech-Language-Hearing Association

NYS Veterinary Medical Society


Prevent Child Abuse NY

Public Health Solutions

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester NY

Rotterdam Community Center

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

STEM Alliance

The Home Care Fair Billing Coalition


United NY Ambulance Network

United Way of NYC