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Aug. 31, 2016: Sen. Kemp Hannon, Judith Enck, Robert Freeman, Kate Breslin and Andrea Cohen

Sen. Kemp Hannon (R – Garden City), the chair of the Senate Health Committee, shared his thoughts on yesterday’s Senate Hearing on Hoosick Falls.

We also heard from Judith Enck, the Region 2 EPA Administrator, about the DEC and DOH’s letter to the EPA demanding reimbursement for cleanup costs that occurred during the Hoosick Falls response. The state agencies claim “the changing and conflicting guidance from the EPA about PFOA exacerbated the challenge in Hoosick Falls.” EPA had a different take.

Robert Freeman, the executive director on the Committee on Open Government, shared why he disagrees with the Cuomo Administration withholding documents that would normally be subject to FOIL by citing an exemption that the documents were “compiled for law enforcement purposes.”

A new report, “Value-Based Payment Models for Medicaid Child Health Services,” which was commissioned by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and the United Hospital Fund, calls for a specialized approach to value-based payments for children, given kids’ and teens’ unique needs. We hosted Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center, for Analysis and Advocacy, and Andrea Cohen, Senior Vice President for Program at the United Hospital Fund.

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