The Empire Center hosted a half-day conference looking at the New York Health Act, a proposal to create a state-run single-payer healthcare system.

Panel 1: Is single-payer the right prescription?


  • Hon. Gustavo Rivera, Chair, NYS Senate Health Committee
  • Hon. Richard Gottfried, Chair, NYS Assembly Health Committee
  • Bea Grause, President, Healthcare Association of NYS
  • Sean Doolan, General Counsel, NYS Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans

Moderator: David Sandman, President & CEO, New York State Health Foundation

Panel 2: Alternative solutions for New York’s heathcare system


  • Michael Sparer, Chair & Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Eric Linzer, President & CEO, NY Health Plan Association
  • Michael Capaldo, Media Chairman, NYS Association of Health Underwriters

Moderator: Bill Hammond, Health Policy Director, Empire Center for Public Policy


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