Take Action to Preserve Quality Health Care in Our Community!


Hundreds stand together to Preserve Quality Health Care in our Community! Keep Neighborhood Hospitals Open! Make Health Care Accessible for Everyone!
Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn New York

"Indeed, it may turn out that profound problems with the ways health care is paid for, combined with the inherent disadvantages of doing business in New York will make it virtually impossible for all but a small number of the city's hospitals to stay afloat. If that's the case, the health of low-income and minority residents will be most affected, but even New Yorkers who currently have access to high-quality care will feel the impact....."

"....With private insurers under pressure to cover more patients yet not hike premiums, with federal and state governments facing record deficits, and in a local industry climate of free-market survivalism, many New York hospitals won't be able to generate sufficient revenue to restore themselves to financial health." St. Vincent's Is the Lehman Brothers of Hospitals by Mark Levine (New York Magazine: October 17, 2010)

In a response to the New York Magazine article, Brooklyn Congregations United examines how federal health care reform will be implemented at New York State and how it will affect the community needs of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. In the first of a series of meetings, Brooklyn Congregations United joins with Arab American Association of New York, the Health Education Project, St. Andrew's the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, the Russian Ministry of the ELCA, Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd to answer key questions.

Tammy Castellanos, a mother of three children, has been trying to enroll her 19 year old son in health care. New insurance regulations of the Affordable Care Act specify that parents can now carry their children on their insurance until age 26. But Tammy found out that she may have to wait until July, 2011. She will ask Jaime Torres, the Regional Director of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) and State officials, "How will HHS and New York State work with insurance companies to accept eligible children now?

Jane Kelly, a senior advocate for more than 25 years and a parishioner of St. Andrews the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, will ask how can we work to make sure the prescription drugs doughnut hole is closed for seniors? Dr. Gabriel Rincon, founder of the Mixteca Organization, and Dr. Ahman Jaber, founder of the Arab American Association of New York, will ask where can uninsured and undocumented receive primary and urgent care? What will be the process to bring the $11 billion allocated by the Affordable Care Act for the expansion of Federal Qualified Health Centers will be captured by Brooklyn to improve health access for the uninsured and undocumented?

Wendy Z Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran HealthCare, will speak to the pivotal role safety net hospitals play in serving the needs of the community. She will seek a commitment to work with her hospital and other community hospitals to ensure a fairer approach for federal and state reimbursement. Brooklyn Congregations United (BCU) is a multi-faith, multi-ethnic community-based organization, developing powerful grassroots leaders. These leaders work to build strong relational networks within and among congregations to transform conditions for families in Brooklyn. Accomplishments range from improving local transportation services to strengthening consumer protection laws against unscrupulous notaries serving immigrants. BCU is a member of PICO National Network, comprising 1,000 member congregations in 17 states. Together, BCU and PICO work to bring positive change to communities

Co-Sponsors: Brooklyn Congregations United, Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd, Russian Ministry of the ELCA, St. Andrews the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, the Arab American Association of New York and the Healthcare Education Project

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