Health Care affects everyone in New York—whether you’re a provider who’s worried about the impact of Medicaid redesign, a local advocate for a community health initiative, or an employee who’s anxious about a change or disruption in their employer-based insurance plan.
The business and healthcare communities need to understand these issues and help advocate against legislation that will negatively impact our region. This session includes statewide experts addressing potential impacts to businesses and healthcare providers resulting from key budget and legislative issues. Find out why and learn what the real issues are behind the optics.
Special Keynote Address: Bea Grause
Key highlights and breakdown of the 2020 state budget and the direct impacts on our local business community.
Panel Discussion: Rising Cost of Healthcare = Potential Crisis in Westchester
Join our dynamic panel of experts as they discuss….
Bea Grause began her tenure as president of the Healthcare Association of New York State in 2016, after serving as president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems for 14 years. In that position, she successfully led Vermont hospitals through a variety of reform initiatives, including the state’s single-payer debate, continuously and intentionally building the hospitals’ brand as trusted, competent leaders.
Before her work in Vermont, Ms. Grause spent 10 years in Washington, D.C., in a variety of positions. She began her D.C. tenure as a legislative assistant; first in the office of Rep. Norman Y. Mineta and then for Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II. After she left Capitol Hill, Ms. Grause simultaneously held senior governmental affairs positions with the Tennessee Hospital Association and Massachusetts Hospital Association. She spent three years working as counsel with the law firm of Foley, Hoag. In this role, she developed tailored legislative and regulatory strategies for many healthcare clients. Ms. Grause previously worked as a registered nurse, primarily in the emergency room and intensive care areas at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center of California.
She completed a three-year term (2012 to 2015) as an at-large member of the American Hospital Association board of trustees, including a 2015 term on the AHA Executive and AHA CEO Search Committees. As part of her AHA board responsibilities, she also served as chairman of the AHA Allied Advisory Committee on Medicaid.
Ms. Grause earned her Juris Doctorate in 1991. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Boston College in 1979 and is currently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a 2003 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.
As the Empire Center’s director of health policy, Bill Hammond tracks fast-moving developments in New York’s massive health care industry, with a focus on how decisions made in Albany and Washington affect the well-being of patients, providers, taxpayers and the state’s economy.
Bill has authored reports critiquing a proposed state-run single-payer health care system, documenting Albany’s excessive reliance on health insurance taxes, analyzing the pros and cons of “block-granting” Medicaid, and examining the regulatory missteps surrounding the collapse of Health Republic Insurance.
He also published numerous op-eds and contributes regularly to NY Torch, the Empire Center’s policy blog.
Before joining the Empire Center in 2016, Bill spent almost three decades in newspaper journalism, most recently as a columnist and editorial board member at the New York Daily News from 2005 to 2015.
Before joining the Daily News, Hammond previously wrote for The New York Sun, The Daily Gazette of Schenectady and The Post-Star of Glens Falls. His work has also appeared in Politico New York, the New York Post, City & State, the Albany Times Union, The Buffalo News and The 74.
A graduate of Albany High School and Harvard University, Hammond lives in Saratoga Springs.
Robert A. Spolzino is a Partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP who brings to his clients unparalleled judgment cultivated over decades of unique experience – he knows how to position clients for success. An attorney for 35 years, he served more than eight years as Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, five of those years as a Justice of the Appellate Division, New York’s intermediate appellate court. In 2016, Bob was selected by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination as one of seven candidates statewide for a seat on New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Immediately prior to joining Abrams Fensterman, Mr. Spolzino was a founding partner and principal in a prestigious real estate and corporate firm in Westchester.
As a Justice of the Appellate Division, Mr. Spolzino decided more than 4,000 appeals and 10,000 appellate motions and wrote major opinions across a broad spectrum of areas. Prior to that, he presided for two and a half years in the Matrimonial Part of the Supreme Court in Westchester County. Since leaving the bench in 2009, Mr. Spolzino has argued seven times in the New York Court of Appeals and more than 65 times in the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court. For much of that time, he was a partner at an AmLaw 200 firm, where he chaired the firm’s National Appellate Practice and National Municipal and Public Entity Law Practice.
The insights into judicial thinking that Mr. Spolzino has developed in eight years as a trial and appellate judge, and more than 35 years as an appellate, municipal and commercial litigator, bring unique value to his representation of a broad base of public and private clients. His ability to see the issues from the perspective of the judge or judges who will decide the case and then to articulate the arguments in a forceful and effective manner allows his clients to achieve their objectives with remarkable effectiveness. He has represented and advised businesses in multimillion-dollar commercial disputes, governmental entities in high-stakes litigation over their authority and operations, and businesses and individuals in significant business and commercial matters.
Mr. Spolzino represents clients in litigation and appeals involving commercial, governmental and personal matters, including business disputes, land use, environmental and other regulatory matters, estate and will contests and appeals in domestic relations matters. He also represents private clients in land use and environmental matters and serves as general counsel to local governments, school districts and not-for-profit corporations, and as special counsel in litigation and appellate matters and land use and economic development matters.