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Hamilton Students to Address U.S. Health Insurance

Alumni Experts Critique Student Plan

By Sharon Rippey 315-859-4672  |  Contact Sharon Rippey 315-859-4672
Posted May 2, 2008
Tags Gary Wyckoff Public Policy
Hamilton alumni who are experts in health care will be on campus Sunday, May 4, to critique Hamilton students' proposed solutions to the U.S. health insurance system. The students are from two of Professor Gary Wyckoff's "Topics in Public Policy" classes. The alumni panelists are Karen Volmer '94, assistant professor of health policy and administration, Penn State University; David Duggan '75, professor of medicine at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse; and Tim Finan '75, president and CEO, Olean General Hospital, Olean, New York.  The topic in Wyckoff's class this spring was the U.S. health insurance system. 

Wyckoff says, "The students in each class (there are two sections) are charged with crafting a detailed, comprehensive, and feasible health insurance reform plan for the U.S., paying particular attention to the uninsured."

The alumni will critique the students' work in the Red Pit at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Participating in the panel critique will be:

Karen Volmer '94, assistant professor of health policy and administration, Penn State University.  Volmer's background also includes a stint as an attorney for a preferred provider organization (PPO) and experience as the manager of Penn State's employee benefit programs.

David Duggan '75, professor of medicine at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse.  Duggan also serves as chair of the Department of Medicine at SUNY Upstate.

Tim Finan '75, president and CEO, Olean General Hospital, Olean, New York.  In addition to his experience in hospital administration, Finan has also served as an executive in two health insurance firms.

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