Donovan Hosts Healthcare Roundtable
Staten Island, NY—March 15, 2017…. Continuing his commitment to supporting policies that provide quality and affordable healthcare, Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) gathered local healthcare stakeholders, including representatives from hospitals, community health centers, and private practices, for a roundtable discussion at his Staten Island District Office. The roundtable gave healthcare organizations and doctors an opportunity to discuss the U.S. healthcare system, including feedback on proposed reform legislation, challenges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and innovative ideas to make healthcare more affordable and accessible.
Congressman Donovan said, “As the healthcare reform process moves forward, it’s critical that we protect those who received coverage under the law, while helping those who’ve been burdened with limited choices and soaring premiums. To learn how to effectively repair our broken healthcare system, we must listen to those who understand the direct impact of policies on patients and their families. It was great to engage with Staten Island and Brooklyn healthcare advocates, and I look forward to using their insight to ensure that proposed policies will lead to quality and affordable healthcare for all Americans.”
Participants, whose personal opinions covered much of the political spectrum, spoke about the Affordable Care Act’s successes and failures as well as key areas for reform that need to be addressed in the Affordable Health Care Act in any health package. A primary care physician reinforced the widespread criticism that Obamacare forced many families to lose their doctors, while the head of a local community health center stressed the importance of maintaining Medicaid coverage for low-income families.
The group reached consensus on the need for accountability mechanisms for doctors, hospitals, patients, and insurers. Additionally, the group agreed that medical malpractice lawsuits – and the inefficient behavior the threat of such lawsuits incentivize – are a key driver of medical costs.
Donovan will use insight from the roundtable to guide policy decisions and suggest bill updates for the American Health Care Act.
The event included representatives from Staten Island University Hospital, Richmond Primary Care, Community Health Center of Richmond, Beacon Christian Community Health Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Saint Elizabeth Ann's Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, EG Healthcare, Mount Sinai, and Richmond University Medical Center.
Congressman Donovan has committed to supporting policies that create an improved and stable healthcare system. Donovan recently cosponsored the Pre-Existing Protection Act of 2017, legislation that guarantees health insurance coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions, if the ACA is repealed. The roundtable is part of Donovan’s commitment to analyzing the potential impact of the proposed American Health Care Act on patients, as well as the U.S. healthcare system.