You Have the Power to Save Our Hospitals!

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For over a decade, New York State has failed to increase Medicaid funding for hospitals, many of which care for extremely vulnerable urban and rural communities.

Despite saving countless lives and continuing to struggle by the COVID-19 pandemic, our hospitals are being stretched too thin — limiting access to healthcare for New Yorkers.

New York State’s Governor Hochul and the State Legislature can take action TODAY to increase Medicaid funding for New York’s hospitals who serve as a “safety net” for our most vulnerable patients and provide access to the quality care they need and deserve, including through the COVID pandemic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A hospital that, by legal obligation or mission, provides healthcare for people regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

These hospitals have traditionally served low-income patient populations who are either uninsured or insured through Medicaid, and would otherwise not have access to the care they need. More than 7 million New Yorkers rely on Medicaid for their health coverage, including some of the most vulnerable families and children in the state.

This isn’t a partisan debate, it’s a life or death issue for more than one-third of New Yorkers. The consequences of this funding shortfall are severe: Children on Medicaid are turned down as new patients at more than twice the rate as children with private health insurance for pediatric care. Medicaid covers more than 40 percent of childbirths across the state, but with the lack of funding, pregnant women and new mothers too often go without the care they need. Seniors and people with disabilities cannot get the home care they need and are 50 percent more likely to need care in a hospital or emergency room.