How Does The League Select Issues for Emphasis?

In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.

The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money.

Every two years, members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning. Based on the results of this, the Board of Directors makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period.

Shedding the light on political issues is central to the League of Women Voters of Huntington's education and advocacy activities.

Our nonpartisan policy requires us to guard against the application of biased or imbalanced information. Therefore, the League of Women Voters of Huntington is conducting programs to help the members of our community become informed on issues that are vital to the general well-being of society and are at the forefront of today's politics.

The initial series focused on the current and future state of health care policy.

Issues Education

Water Quality Conference

Presentation Date: April 4, 2019

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Many thanks to the Northport Yacht Club Women's Committee and the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs for permitting us to videotape their presentation on the quality of our bays.

  • Speakers: Dr. Christopher Gobler - Endowed Chair of Coastal Ecology and Conservation, SUNY School of Marine and Atmospheric Services | Dorian Dale - Director of Sustainability & Chief Recovery Officer at Suffolk County | Tracy Brown - Director, Save the Sound | Adrienne Esposito - Executive Director Citizens Campaign for the Environment | Ian Milligan - Trustee, Commissioner of Waterways and Waste Water, Northport Village

Medicare & Medicaid Myth Busting

Presentation Date: April 8, 2017

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Meeting to describe the basic components of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, provide evidence that confirms or refutes leading beliefs about the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and to identify strategies to navigate participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

  • Overview: Colette Knuth - PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington
  • Panelists: Michele L. Albohn - CMP, In Good Hands Medicaid Consulting LLC | Nancy Gaska - President, WizdomCare Senior Solutions

Health Policy Voices from the Front

Presentation Date: March 8, 2017

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Meeting to gain insight about the implementation of health care policy from the perspectives of patients, medical providers, employers, health insurers, and public policymakers. 

  • Overview: Colette Knuth - PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington
  • Panelists: Nicole Christensen - MS, CEO, Care Answered | Kathy Giffuni - MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, Nurse Manager, Dolan Family Health Center | Michael B. Grosso - MD, FAAP, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Huntington Hospital | Lauren Licausi - MA, Director of Human Resources of Cedar Realty Trust | William R. "Doc" Spencer - MD, Suffolk County Legislator | Jeff Weiner - CEO of HKM Associates Insurance Services

The State of US Health Care Policy

Presentation Date: January 25, 2017

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The League of Women Voters of Huntington examine the logic behind our nation's policy to expand its citizen's access to health insurance coverage. We compare the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Rep. Tom Price's and Rep. Paul Ryan's bills to replace ACA. We also look at how successful ACA has been in meetings its goals in improving the quality, cost, and access to health insurance coverage.

  • Presenter: Colette Knuth - PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington