Hudson River Health Care was pleased to welcome U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to The HRHCare Maxine S. Postal Health Center in Amityville on Thursday, November 1. Senator Gillibrand gave a press conference at the health center to announce The Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018, a new legislation to grant health insurance to more than 400,000 New Yorkers who do not qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“I want to recognize the Reverend Jeannette Phillips, whose vision has given birth to this health center,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “I really appreciate that all of you here have dedicated yourselves to bringing health care to this community. The truth is that we as New Yorkers believe that health care should be a right and not a privilege. It is important that every hardworking New Yorker has access to the basic care they need.”
“We thank Senator Gillibrand for coming to our Amityville Health Center, and encouraging us to continue our work of improving the health of our communities,” said Jim Sinkoff, HRHCare Deputy Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “We fully support the Senator’s goal of expanding access to quality and affordable health care for all New Yorkers.”
“Access to health care is a right, not a privilege,” said Rev. Jeannette J. Phillips, HRHCare EVP and Founding Mother. “The story of Hudson River Health Care is centered on caring for those most in need in our communities. We thank the Senator for visiting us today and helping to carry that story forward.”
After the press conference, the Senator was able to meet HRHCare staff and took a tour of the health center, led by HRHCare Chief Operation Officer Allison Dubois.
Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre was also in attendance, and received a flu shot directly after the press conference.