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  • ALBANY — New York Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman James Seward announced a joint hearing on the impact federal health care reform is having on insured individuals, families, and small businesses has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 13.
    “We waited to call this hearing until the deadlines for enrolling had passed so we would not be interfering with the work at hand. However, there are issues that need to be addressed and we cannot wait any longer,” said Hannon, R-Nassau, in a news release.
    “A number of troubling issues have been brought to my attention in regard to implementation of the New York State Health Exchange — lost coverage for some small businesses, the proficiency of application counselors and security of consumer information — to name a few. It is crucial we examine these concerns now so we can advance legislation during the upcoming session to resolve any flaws,” Seward, R-Oneonta, said in the release.
    New York State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore is scheduled to testify at the hearing along with consumers, representatives of the medical community, insurance companies, insurance brokers and agents and small group insurance providers, including Chambers of Commerce and the Freelancers Union.
    Monday’s hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
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