ARTICLE: Senate Health Chair leads fact finding trip to Toronto, David Lombardo, TimesUnion

By David Lombardo, Aug 28, 2019

Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera is leading a delegation to Toronto to study the Canadian single-payer healthcare system.

The two-day trip, which will include a tour of sites where supervised drug use is allowed, is designed to gain information about major health care issues that could potentially be addressed in next year’s legislative session.

Legislation enacting the New York Health Act, which creates a single-payer system in New York, and the Overdose Prevention Centers Act, which establishes supervised sites for drug use, both stalled in the Capitol this year.

“The New York Health Act and the Overdose Prevention Centers Act are key policies being widely debated in New York as we face skyrocketing health care costs that are impeding access to quality care and an unprecedented rate of overdose deaths,” Rivera, a Bronx Democrat, said in a statement....

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