Â Â A commission that has been studying how to get universal health care in New York released an interim report today, which updated Gov. David Paterson on the panel’s progress but did not give any recommendations.
Â Â The state Health and Insurance departments began studying the obstacles to health coverage last July and has heard from 280 people at public hearings held around the state. The Urban Institute received a contract to study reform proposals and the cost involved. Details on the proposals will be available to the public in June, and results are expected in the fall, according to the state agencies.
Â Â Paterson, who took over as governor in March, has not staked out a position on universal health-care coverage yet. (His predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, formed the commission). He said in a statement that the state is “aggressively seeking out” people who are eligible for public health-insurance programs and may not know it.
Â Â Â Earlier today, health-insurance consumers spoke to a panel of state officials and lawmakers about problems they have had and how they think the system should be fixed.