Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Universal Health Care event - Thursday, March 6th!

Mark your calendars!!

NARAL Pro-Choice New York presents:

Universal Health Care: Will Women’s Needs Be Met?

On March 6, 2008, NARAL Pro-Choice New York will be hosting Universal Health Care: Will Women’s Needs be Met?, an event on universal health care and its implications on women’s health. The event will cover the advocacy, policy, and legislative aspects of achieving health care access for all New Yorkers. The following speakers will present:

Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and President of the Avery Institute for Social Change, will discuss the need for women to take leadership in working for quality, affordable health care for our families and our communities. She will describe the goals of the new national project she has co-founded, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need.

Elisabeth Benjamin, Director of Healthcare Restructuring Initiatives for Community Service Society, will discuss her research on what New Yorkers are concerned about and how they perceive universal health care. She will explain how women in New York are more dependent on public insurance than are men. She will present an overview of current advocacy efforts to expand health care access in NYS, including the Community Service Society’s proposal entitled Cornerstone for Coverage.

Richard N. Gottfried, Chair of the New York State Commission on Health in the New York State Assembly, will discuss the legislative strategy to expand health care in New York State and his plan to increase coverage, entitled New York Health Plus: Better Coverage for All of Us at Lower Cost.

Lois Uttley, Director of the MergerWatch Project, will discuss her research on what women’s needs and desires are for a universal health care plan, and the steps we must take to ensure women’s voices are heard.

The event is designed to address the questions and concerns of all New York women. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this unique event.

NARAL Pro-Choice New York welcomes other women’s rights and reproductive rights organizations to co-sponsor the event.

More details will be announced shortly! Stay tuned!