Thursday, October 1, 2009

What will happen to the Uninsured and Underinsured?

On October 1st at the "Assuring Equity Through Health and Health Care Reform" conference at the New York Academy of Medicine sponsored by Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Manisha Sharma, NPA-NY's Director of Media Relations, and Dr. Manel Silva, NPA-NY's Director, served as panelists for "Covering the the Uninsured and Underinsured", an engaging and lively discussion about an issue central to health care reform. Dr. Oni Blackstock, an NPA-NY member, moderated the panel.

Dr. Sharma spoke movingly about her own patient experience of being uninsured and her own difficulties in obtaining coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Dr. Silva, who works at free clinic for adolescents, spoke specifically about the issue of uninsurance among young adults especially those with chronic conditions. The current health care reform bills and proposals in Congress were also discussed.

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