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Single-payer healthcare hearing will come to Rochester

State lawmakers next Thursday will hold a public hearing and news conference in Rochester to discuss the proposed single-payer legislation.

The measure, known as the New York Health Act, would create a single-payer system in the state. The bill did not gain a vote in either chamber of the Legislature, but has retained support among lawmakers, who have pledged hearings and broader review of the measure as federal proposals have been debated in the Democratic presidential nominating contest.

The Rochester hearing is the second one in a series of statewide events. More will be scheduled in New York City and the Hudson Valley. The previous hearing was held in Albany on May 28.

State lawmakers previously traveled this summer to Canada to review the country’s national health care system.

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