In an effort to understand possible ways to improve our health care system, the Yates Progressives will present a program explaining the New York Health Act.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. May 1 in the Yates County Building 417 Liberty St. in Penn Yan.

The NYHA, which is a Universal Single Payer program similar to an expanded and improved Medicare For All type of plan. It has passed in the State Assembly in 2015, 2016, and in 2017 by a 2- to-1 margin. Last year 31 of the 63 State Senators supported the bill, which means it was potentially one vote short of coming out of the Health Committee for a floor vote, according to information provided by the Progressives group.

This bill states that it will provide comprehensive, universal health care coverage for every New Yorker. An economic analysis of its cost found it will be less than what we now pay. This would be due to a significant decrease in administrative costs and the elimination of for-profit incentives for private insurers, as well as additional factors. Private insurers would no longer be able to provide health plans for the medically necessary coverage, which includes vision, dental, and long-term care, that the NYHA will cover.

Susan Beckley, a former medical office manager and medical billing specialist/coder who is presently an administrator for four small businesses will be the presenter. She will explain how the NYHA will affect the residents, businesses, health care facilities and local government and school budgets. She will use Yates County data to show how local property taxes will be reduced and possible school taxes. Susan is looking forward to answering your questions about the NYHA.

The Yates Progressives is a non-party affiliated group that meets to discuss local and national issues and sponsors events for understanding our community and promoting progressive solutions to our problems.

The program is free of charge, and open to all who are interested to understand alternatives to for-profit health insurance programs.