Express Sessions Return to Explore Rising Cost of Health Insurance


The next installment of The Sag Harbor Express “Express Sessions” will take on an issue not just on many people’s minds, but also seemingly on many elected officials’ political agendas: health insurance.

At noon on Friday, October 26, at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, this Express Sessions event will explain the current climate around health care and explore possible solutions with a panel of experts in the field of health insurance.

Panelists include Robert Chaloner, the chief administrative officer of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital; Karl Washwick, president and owner of the Washwick Agency in Riverhead, which has served the East End since 1979; Anthony Cardona of Cardona & Company, owner of the Water Mill-based insurance company; Kevin Luss of The Luss Group, a Southampton insurance company founded in 2001; New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.; and Erica Gerrity, the director of revenue cycle at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Even as access to health insurance moved into a new era in 2010 with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare” — which by 2016 was estimated to have provided an additional 20 to 24 million people with health coverage — it remains a complicated network of government-sponsored programs like Medicare, programs for the poor like Medicaid and employer-based coverage for workers and their families.

“A lot of small business owners and individuals on the East End are struggling with the cost of health care,” said Gavin Menu, the co-publisher of The Sag Harbor Express. “The panelists invited to Friday’s session are experts in the field and will explain trends they are seeing in the health care industry and hopefully offer some suggestions on ways we can find relief.”

Tickets to “A Conversation About Health Insurance” are $30 and include lunch at the American Hotel. They are available online at or by calling (631) 725-1700.