Affiliations:Tisch Community Health Prize
- enacting New York’s Managed Care Consumers’ Bill of Rights;
- stopping the block-granting of Medicaid as part of welfare reform;
- creating New York’s Family Health Plus program;
- enacting a drug benefit in Medicare;
- stopping harmful budget cuts to New York’s Medicaid program;
- enacting financial aid programs to assist uninsured and underinsured patients in all New York hospitals; and
- since 2008, he has been on the front lines of advocacy for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
When Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign was formalized in 1995, Mark Hannay became its first Director. He has built this organization into a vibrant coalition of community, labor, professional and faith-based groups, fighting for fundamental reform leading to universal health care. Mark also educates thousands of New Yorkers on key health issues of the day through a radio interview program and cable TV show.
Among the campaigns he has mobilized and helped lead over the years are:
In the words of his nominator, Dr. Terry Mizrahi of Hunter’s School of Social Work faculty, “Mark is a truly exceptional health advocate whose leadership as a coalition-builder, spokesperson and tireless organizer has galvanized New Yorkers to join successful community-based campaigns to expand access to health care, particularly for those with serious illnesses and disabilities, the uninsured and the voiceless.”
For his principled passion in the fight for health care as a basic human right, his vision of a just society, and the impact he has had on countless New Yorkers in need, Mark Hannay was awarded the second annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize.
- Website: Mark Hannay
- Prize Awarded: 2012