Congratulations to Denise Soffel

Posted March, 3 2009 by arianne

Longstanding Medicaid champion, Denise Soffel, has been appointed by New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Health Committee, as Health Committee Executive Director. The Senator also appointed Roger Bearden as Health Committee Counsel.

Denise is the leader of Medicaid Matters, a state-wide Medicaid consumer coalition. Denise comes from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) where she developed and implememented advocacy strategy to improve and strengthen public health insurance programs.  Previously she spent twelve years as a Senior Health Policy Analyst for the Community Service Society of New York.

Read the press statement here.


Ask a nurse • Mar.06.2009 at 05:38:pm

It is so nice to see the big boys of the healthcare system come together to talk about racial discrimination in our healthcare systems and what they can do to prevent it. It would be nice to ask a nurse or a doctor a question about your health or even health disease management, and be able to look them directly in the eye and get a straight answer based on your condition and not your skin color or ethnicity. This also comes to play with shared decision making between the patient and doctor, keeping in mind that the doctor should always be able to connect with the patient in somewhat of a manner. Understanding that doctors or health advocatesare not supposed to connect with there patients at all is very depressing, and it just goes to show if you have money your chances of living longer are much greater in most occassions . These facts holds true and project to people whom don’t have health insurance, which in turn, causes these unfortunate people to not want to go to the doctors.

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