MSSNY Endorses Several Candidates for Election

At the September 11, 2014 meeting of the MSSNY Council, the following legislators/candidates were endorsed for election by the Medical Society of the State of New York.   Each has demonstrated themselves to be champions of issues to preserve the ability of patients to continue to receive needed and timely physician care. 

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY

  • Michael Cusick (D, 63rd AD- Richmond)
  • Deborah Glick (D, 66th AD, NY County)
  • Richard Gottfried (D, 75th AD, NY County)
  • Charles Lavine (D, 13th AD, Nassau)
  • Bill Magee ( D, 121st AD, Madison, Oneida and Otsego)
  • Daniel Quart (D, 73rd AD, NY County)
  • Michele Schimel (D, 16th AD, Nassau Co.)
  • Robin Schimminger (D, 140th AD, Erie and Niagara)

NEW YORK STATE SENATE

  • Kemp Hannon (R, 6th SD, Nassau)
  • Dean Skelos (R, 9th SD, Nassau)
  • Toby Ann Stavisky (D, 16th SD, Queens)

US CONGRESS

  • Joseph Crowley (D – parts of Bronx and Queens counties)
  • Chris Gibson (R- Broome, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties)
  • Tom Reed (R- Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Tioga, and Yates counties)
  • Nan Hayworth, MD (R – candidate for New York’s 18th Congressional district consisting of Putnam and Westchester counties) 

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY

Michael Cusick

Assemblyman Cusick represents the 63rd Assembly District (portions of Richmond County) and is serving in his 6th term.  He is a member of the Assembly Higher Education and Ways & Means Committees.

Assemblyman Cusick works closely with MSSNY staff and has a strong record of taking action consistent with MSSNY’s positions.   Despite his sponsorship of the I-STOP legislation, his efforts were critical in helping to greatly improve the final version bill over earlier versions, including working to assure a physician could delegate the “duty to consult” to staff.  He has also been very receptive to concerns raised by physicians regarding hassles associated with legislation to require CME for pain management, including voting against legislation passed by the Assembly which would have required physicians to complete such CME.

In 2013-2014, he supported a number of bills of importance to MSSNY in floor votes, including legislation to require health insurers to use similarly trained physicians before denying patient care, and legislation to assure due process protection for physicians when health plans do not renew physician participation contracts with them.  In 2011-12, he supported an earlier version of the out of network legislation when it came to the Assembly floor.  He is also a co-sponsor of legislation to permit physicians to collectively negotiate with health insurers.

Deborah Glick

Assemblywoman Glick represents the 66 Assembly District in New York City and is serving in her 12th term. She was appointed Chair of the Assembly’s High Education Committee in 2007, which oversees all private and public higher education institutions, financial assistance for students, and professional licensing.  She has been a strong advocate against non-physician scope of practice expansions. Assemblywoman Glick’s relationship with MSSNY staff is strong and she has always been open to our views. 

She is a sponsor of the Collective Negotiation legislation and has supported our efforts in regards to other managed care legislation and other public health initiatives. Assemblywoman Glick is a member of the Assembly Ways and Means, Rules, Governmental Operations and Environmental Conservation Committees.   She is also a member of the Women’s Legislative Caucus.

She has worked on issues of concern to women for thirty years, including advocating for reproductive freedom, a change in the rape statutes, and women's health concerns. The Women's Health and Wellness Act, a bill that promotes early detection and prevention of certain medical conditions affecting women, including breast cancer and osteoporosis and provides coverage for contraceptives, became law on January 1, 2003.   MSSNY played an integral role in the passage of this legislation which is the basis of reproductive coverage for women in the state.

Richard Gottfried

Richard N. Gottfried represents the 75th Assembly District, covering Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Murray Hill, Midtown and part of the Lincoln Center area in Manhattan. He is chair of the Assembly Health Committee since 1987. He is a leading state health policy-maker not only in New York but also nationally.

As Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee for the past twenty years, he was a major architect of New York's landmark managed care reforms, and is continuing to fight for stronger protections for consumers and health care providers, and public support for universal access to quality, affordable health care. Much of MSSNY’s managed care legislation including MSSNY’s collective negotiation bill and an out of network bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Gottfried.

Highlights of his legislative work include the passage of: the Prenatal Care Assistance Program for low income women; the Child Health Plus Program, Family Health Plus; the Health Care Proxy Law; the Family Health Care Decision Act, which allows family members to make health care decisions when a person is incapacitated and has not filled out a health care proxy; the HIV Testing and Confidentiality Law; and laws that promotes stronger primary and preventive care and formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Dick Gottfried is a member of the Assembly Steering Committee and the committees on Rules and Higher Education, as well as Health. He is the head of the Manhattan Assembly Delegation and is therefore very influential within the Conference.

Charles Lavine 

Assemblyman Lavine represents the 13th Assembly District (portions of Nassau County) and is serving in his 4th term.  He is a member of the Assembly Codes, Health, Higher Education, Insurance, and Judiciary Committees.

Assemblyman Lavine works closely with MSSNY staff and has a strong record of taking action consistent with MSSNY’s positions.  In 2013-14, he sponsored multiple bills to address concerns raised by physicians, including legislation (which passed the Assembly) to assure due process protection for physicians when health plans do not renew physician participation contracts with them, legislation that would prohibit health insurers from using extrapolation when they audit physicians, and legislation that would prohibit “pop-up” ads in electronic medical records systems.

In 2013-2014, he supported a number of bills of importance to MSSNY in committee and floor votes, including legislation to permit physicians to collectively negotiate with health insurers (he is a co-sponsor), and legislation to require health insurers to use similarly trained physicians before denying patient care.  In 2011-12, he supported an earlier version of the out of network legislation when it came to the Assembly floor.  He is also a co-sponsor of multiple bills to address physician concerns, the Health Care Professional Transparency Act and legislation to further limit the scope of health insurer audits.

Assemblymember Bill Magee 

Assemblymember Magee represents the 121 Assembly District and he is serving his 12 term. He is chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee and has been a member of the Higher Education Committee since his entry into the Assembly.  Assemblyman Magee has been one of the strongest and consistent supporters of the Medical Society views on scope of practices expansion.   He also serves on the Aging and Banks Committee. He is a co-sponsor of the Medical Liability Reform legislation and has over the years, voted against these measures.  Mr. Magee is well-respected and well-liked in the Democratic Conference.   After 12 terms, he is facing a contentious Democratic Primary – should he win the primary he will then face an opponent.  An endorsement by the Medical Society of the State of New York would be vastly appreciated and would be well-remember by the assemblyman and the Democratic Conference.

Daniel Quart

Dan Quart represents New York’s 73rd Assembly District, which encompasses the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Turtle Bay and Sutton Place. The highest number of physicians live/work in this District.

He is a member of the Assembly Insurance, Judiciary and Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committees.

He has sponsored legislation to provide OBS facilities with an added level of recognition to better enable them to seek reimbursement for facility fees from third party payors; legislation to enable audiologists employed by otolaryngologists to see hearing aids for profit; and co-sponsored legislation limiting the amount of co-pays which can be charged; and an out of network transparency bill.

Michele Schimel

Assemblywoman Schimel represents the 16th Assembly District (portions of Nassau County) and is serving in her 4th term.

Assemblywoman Schimel works closely with MSSNY staff and has a strong record of taking action consistent with MSSNY’s positions.   She has been very vocal regarding her opposition to measures that would expand liability against physicians, including proposals to expand the medical liability statute of limitations.  Not only has she vocally urged Assembly leadership to reject the legislation, she has urged other members of the Assembly to make similar requests.

In 2013-2014, she supported a number of bills of importance to MSSNY in floor votes, including legislation to require health insurers to use similarly trained physicians before denying patient care, and legislation to assure due process protection for physicians when health plans do not renew physician participation contracts with them.  In 2011-12, she supported an earlier version of the out of network legislation when it came to the Assembly floor.  She is also a co-sponsor of legislation to permit physicians to collectively negotiate with health insurers and legislation to further limit the scope of health insurer audits, and legislation to enact the Health Care Professional Transparency Act.

Robin Schimminger

Assemblyman Schimminger represents the 140th Assembly District (portions of Erie and Niagara counties) and is serving in his 19th term.  Assemblyman Schimminger is a member of the Assembly Health, Codes and Ways and Means Committees.  

Assemblyman Schimminger works closely with MSSNY staff and has a strong record of taking action consistent with MSSNY’s positions.    He is the long-time sponsor of the Medical Liability Reform Act, legislation which contains a number of provisions to address the high cost of medical liability insurance, including:

  • A cap on non-economic damages
  • Reducing joint and several liability
  • Identification of expert witnesses in medical liability cases
  • Identification of physician providing certification for Certificate of Merit

Assemblyman Schimminger also sponsored legislation to prohibit hospitals from requiring board certification as a condition of staff privileges, and health insurers from requiring board certification as a condition of participation

In 2013-2014, he supported a number of bills of importance to MSSNY in committee and floor votes, including the Collective Negotiation legislation, and legislation to assure due process protection for physicians when health plans do not renew physician participation contracts with them.  In 2011-12, he supported an earlier version of the out of network legislation when it came to the Assembly floor.

In 2013-14, he voted in opposition to a number of bills also opposed by MSSNY, including legislation to extend the medical liability statute of limitations, and legislation to require physicians to complete CME for pain management.

NEW YORK STATE SENATE

Dean G. Skelos

Senator Skelos is currently serving his fifteenth term in the New York State Senate, representing District 9, Nassau County.  Prior to his election to the Senate, he served for two years in the Assembly, representing the 19th Assembly District in Nassau County.  He was first elected Majority Leader of the Senate by his colleagues in June, 2008 and again in January, 2011.  He Chairs the Senate Rules Committee.

As Co-Majority Leader, Senator Skelos is in the unique position of being able to block or advance bills in the Senate.  He has worked closely with MSSNY on many bills that we support and oppose and has been very helpful in many instances.  One recent instance involves the “date of discovery” bill, which he informed us the Senate was not going to pass. 

Senator Skelos voted in favor of the Collective Negotiation Bill, which MSSNY supported and was passed in the 2014-15 Budget.  He voted against the Podiatry Scope Expansion bill. The Oral and Maxillofacial Dental Surgeon Scope bill, and the Naturopath Licensing and Scope of Practice bill, all of which MSSNY opposes. 

He authored Megan’s Law, which created New York State’s Sex Offender Registry, the Workplace and Campus Registration Acts, laws establishing lifetime registration for dangerous sexual predators, and posting information and photos of sex offenders on the internet.  He worked with then Attorney General Cuomo to enact a law which prevents registered sex offenders from accessing social networking websites, and prohibiting online communication between sex offenders and children.  He also wrote the law creating the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program.

Senator Skelos has made himself very accessible to MSSNY staff and physicians, meeting whenever requested.  He listens to our issues and, if possible, responds in a positive manner.

Kemp Hannon

Senator Hannon represents the 6th Senate District in Nassau County and has served in the Senate since 1989. Previously, he served in the NYS Assembly from 1977-1989. Throughout his career, he has fought to lower taxes, to raise allocations for education funding, and to improve the delivery of healthcare for all residents in New York

As Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Kemp has been the voice of medicine in the Senate Republican Conference. Senator Hannon sponsored and worked successfully to achieve the enactment of the Out of Network bill which provides greater transparency concerning out of network coverage and greater access to more comprehensive out of network benefits while reducing the incidence of surprise bills. Senator Hannon has also sponsored legislation to enable physicians to collectively negotiate with health insurers and legislation to bring about comprehensive medical liability reform.

As an attorney and health policy expert, Kemp has chaired numerous task forces, civic programs, and charitable endeavors. He has served as chairman of the prestigious Senate committees on Health and Housing, and he is regarded as the spearheading force behind both the reauthorization of the Health Care Reform Act and the development of New York's Assisted Living Program. Additionally, he helped the state enact several popular health programs including Child Health Plus, Healthy New York, Family Health Plus, the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program, early intervention efforts, and insurance coverage for autism, prostate and breast cancer screenings.

In addition to his work with the Senate Health Committee, Senator Hannon also sits on the Senate Finance, Judiciary, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and Rules Committees.

Toby Ann Stavisky

Senator Stavisky was first elected to the Senate in 1999, representing Senate District 16 in Queens, and is serving her seventh term.  She was the first woman from Queens County elected to the State Senate and the first woman to Chair the Senate Committee on Higher Education during the Democratic Majority of the Senate.  She has served as Assistant Minority Whip and currently serves as Assistant Democratic Leader and Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Committee on Higher Education.  She also serves on the Senate Aging, Education, Finance, Insurance, Judiciary and Transportation Committees.

Senator Stavisky was first elected to the Senate in November 1999, to replace her late husband, who had served in the Senate until his death in June 1999.  Prior to her election to the Senate, she had taught social studies in New York City high schools and served as district manager in Northeast Queens for the Census, where she directed more than 1,000 field and office staff.

Senator Stavisky voted in favor of the Out of Network bill which was enacted in the 2014-15 budget and which MSSNY supports.  She voted against the Statute of Limitations bill, the Podiatry Scope Expansion bill and the Oral and Maxillofacial Dental Surgeon Scope bill, all of which MSSNY opposes.

Senator Stavisky has been very accessible and available to MSSNY Governmental Affairs staff and listens carefully to our issues, being as helpful and supportive as possible. 

Kemp Hannon 

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES

Representative Joe Crowley

Representative Joseph Crowley currently represents New York’s 14th Congressional district (parts of the Bronx and Queens) and is running for his 9th term. He serves on the very powerful House Ways & Means committee, which has jurisdiction over much of the health care policy considered by Congress.

Representative Crowley and his staff work closely with local physicians and MSSNY staff, and has a strong record of advocating for legislation consistent with the priorities of physicians and patients. He has been very vocal in efforts to repeal the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula, including leading (along with Michigan Congressman Dr. Dan Benishek) a bi-partisan effort to use the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds to pay for its repeal. He is also the lead sponsor of legislation that would significantly increase the number of residency slots to address doctor shortages in New York and across the country.

Representative Chris Gibson

Representative Chris Gibson currently represents New York’s 19th Congressional district (Northern Hudson Valley) and is running for his 3rd term. He serves on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committee.

A speaker at the 2012 MSSNY House of Delegates, Representative Gibson works closely with local physicians and MSSNY staff, and has a strong record of supporting legislation consistent with the

priorities of physicians and patients. He has voted in favor of legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and legislation that would enact comprehensive medical liability reform. He also co-sponsors the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act, legislation that would enable patients to have Medicare coverage when they are treated by physicians not participating in the Medicare program.

Representative Tom Reed

Representative Tom Reed currently represents New York’s 23rd Congressional district (Western Southern Tier) and is running for his 3rd term. He serves on the very powerful House Ways & Means committee, which has jurisdiction over much of the health care policy considered by Congress, as well as the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight, and Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures.

Representative Reed works closely with local physicians and MSSNY staff, and has a strong record of supporting legislation consistent with the priorities of physicians and patients. He has voted in favor of legislation that would enact comprehensive medical liability reform. He also co-sponsors legislation that would repeal the IPAB, as well as co-sponsoring legislation that would repeal the Medicare SGR formula.

Dr. Nan Hayworth

Dr. Nan Hayworth is running for New York’s 18th Congressional district (lower Hudson Valley). A member of Congress in 2011 and 2012, she is looking to re-claim the seat she lost two years ago.

Dr. Hayworth is an ophthalmologist and a member of MSSNY and the Westchester County Medical Society. While in Congress, she had a strong record of voting and advancing legislation consistent with the priorities of physicians and patients. She co-sponsored and voted in favor of legislation that would enact comprehensive medical liability reform, co-sponsored and voted in favor of legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and co-sponsored the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act, legislation which would enable patients to have Medicare coverage when they are treated by physicians not participating in the Medicare program.

She served as a member of the House Financial Services Committee, as well as the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus, Congressional Eating Disorders Caucus and the Congressional Doctors’ Caucus.

Prior to running for Congress, she was a partner in the Mount Kisco Medical Group, and served as an attending physician at Northern Westchester Hospital. She also served as an Instructor and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.