Contact: Public Affairs
WHITE PLAINS, NY – “Children at Risk: Legal and Policy Barriers to Access
to Health Care and a Healthy Environment for the Nation’s Children,” is
the title of a day-long conference co-sponsored by the Health Law and Policy
Program at Pace University School of Law and the Graduate School of Health
Sciences at New York Medical College. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23, at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White
The conference’s focus on access to quality health care for children is
especially timely as the New York State Legislature considers the details
of the new Child Health Plus program for children of low-income New Yorkers.
Currently, 650,000 children – nearly one-third of all New York’s children – are
The featured luncheon speaker will be nationally-known children’s health policy
expert Sara Rosenbaum, director of the George Washington University Center for
Health Policy Research. James R. Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund,
will provide the conference keynote address. The morning session is titled
“Access to Health Care” and the afternoon session is titled “Public Health Issues
“Access to Health Care” will address uninsured children, Medicaid, managed care
and access to care for children with disabilities. Panelists will include Dr. Bruce
Vladeck, Mount Sinai Medical School; Alison Greene, U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services; and Mark Rapoport, M.D., Oxford Health Plans. Professor Linda Fentiman,
Pace University School of Law, and Dr. Deborah Spitalnik, Medical College of New Jersey,
Rutgers University will discuss access to health care for children with disabilities and
the legal barriers they encounter in getting adequate health care.
The afternoon session, “Public Health Issues for Children” will address the urban asthma
epidemic, guns and violence against children, and overcoming barriers to health services
for adolescents. Presenters will include Ira Finegold, M.D., past president of the
American College of Allergy and Immunology; Professor Stephen Teret, Johns Hopkins University
School of Public Health; Professor Carol Sanger, Columbia University School of Law; and Wallace
Jenkins, M.D., New York Medical College.
The registration cost is $35. For more information, call (914) 422-4223.