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Spring 2004 Symposium – Increasing Access to Health Care: A Symposium Exploring Methods to Address the National Crisis

February 3, 2004

The Journal of Legislation and Public Policy is a participant in and a publisher of articles from this year’s Health Law Society’s Symposium.

This symposium was conceived and implemented by Health Law Society

Time and Location
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
New York University School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge

Over 43 million Americans, representing 17% of the non-elderly population, have no health insurance as of 2002 (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured). For those who are insured, serious questions remain about the quality of the health care they receive and the disparities in access.

  • How can the legal community best respond to these problems and create significant, lasting change?
  • Should disparities in access to quality health care be addressed on an individual level through impact litigation or by questioning the policies that inadvertently create these disparities?
  • How do healthcare providers and hospitals fit into the problem or the solution?

Keynote Address: The Nature and Scope of the Health Care Crisis
Bruce Vladeck, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Former Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration

Panel: Increasing Access to Health Care
Elisabeth Benjamin, Health Law Unit, Legal Aid Society of New York
Robert Belfort, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Rose Cuison-Villazor, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Betsey McCaughey, Hudson Foundation, former New York Lieutenant Governor
Hal Strelnick, Montefiore Hospital
Moderator, Sylvia Law, New York University School of Law