May 31, 2011

New York's redistricting process often inspires bitter partisan battles, and critics say the process is in dire need of reform. Some lawmakers have introduced a plan to take the redistricting process away from the state legislature and put it into the hands of an independent commission, a plan favored by a number of non-profit groups across the state.

The Census

Feb 23, 2010

The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution. The population is enumerated every 10 years and the results are used to allocate Congressional seats (congressional apportionment), electoral votes, and government program funding. Some states or local jurisdictions also conduct local censuses.

Health Care Reform

Dec 1, 2009

While the debate on health care reform is taken up in the Senate this week, many Americans are still unsure about what kind of reform is needed, or how the proposed legislation might affect them. On tonight's Community Conversation, we'll talk about the physician's role in health care reform, whether or now the single-payer system is still an option, and how the legislation might affect you.

Prevention Pays

Jan 23, 2009

Curing Medicaid

Jan 23, 2009

The purpose of Medicaid is very simple and compassionate: people who cannot afford health insurance or have a disability should be able to receive medical care when they need it.  The working reality is more complex.  Medicaid was created in 1965 along with Medicare for the elderly as part of the social safety net. Its recent history and current issues can be found at the New York Times website. It has three major components: 1.    Health insurance for poor people, including parents with low incomes and their children. 2.    Long-term care for the elderly. 3.

In the early 1980s mental institutions across America were closed down. Since then an alarming number of the mentally ill are ending up in jails and prisons. On the next Community Conversation we'll look at coalitions forming in our communities to divert people with mental illness away from jails and prisons and more toward community -based mental health treatments. What has been successful in other counties in NY State?