Forum on health-care reform scheduled for Oct. 17 in Bath - Catholic Courier

Forum on health-care reform scheduled for Oct. 17 in Bath

"Health-Care Reform — Figuring It All Out" is certainly a hopeful title for an upcoming forum in Steuben County, since our nation’s leaders have endlessly racked their brains to determine just how that reform should look.
 
Yet even if it doesn’t all get figured out that day, some enlightening viewpoints on the current state of health care are nonetheless in store. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty St., Bath. It is being presented by the Ecumenical Community Forum of the Southern Tier, in cooperation with the justice-and-peace program of Catholic Charities of Steuben County.
 
Serving as keynote speaker will be Rebecca Elgie of the Tompkins County Health Care Task Force, a group that seeks legislation to give everyone the right to comprehensive health care. Also that morning, New York Congressman Eric Massa (D-29th District) will give an update on legislative discussions and decisions regarding health-care reform. Additional speakers will be Jim Watson, CEO of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath; and Mike Slovak, director of Health Ministry of the Southern Tier, which provides medical and dental services to area residents who are uninsured. A question-and-answer session will conclude the gathering.
 
The forum is open to the public and free of charge, although free-will offerings will be accepted. You may register at the door, and child care will be provided as well as breakfast.
 
For further details, contact Deacon Robert Colomaio, Catholic Charities of Steuben County’s justice-and-peace director, at 607-776-8085, ext. 217, or rcolomaio@dor.org.
 
The Ecumenical Community Forum was formed in 2001. According to a statement by Deacon Colomaio, the initiative "seeks to serve the common good by presenting public policy issues which affect the health, safety, and livelihoods of individuals and families, while advocating for justice and peace. ECF programs supply participants with information, resources, and networking opportunities, and endeavor to promote dialogue, discussion, and ultimately, a stimulus to action."

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