Medicaid Facts


We increased medical funding to save lives and improve access to care

A Statement on the Budget:

The Healthcare Education Project applauds Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their efforts in making healthcare a priority in the FY23 budget.

This budget was a step towards major improvements in healthcare. Money for our vulnerable safety-nets; an emphasis on expanding our mental health treatment options; a change in how Medicaid is calculated; a pay raise for home care workers—these are just a few ways in which the Legislature demonstrated their commitment to the healthcare community and all the New Yorkers who rely on it.

New York has long led by example when it comes to providing access to quality, affordable healthcare. The victories for healthcare in this budget are a step in the right direction, but in order to remain leaders in healthcare, we must continue to fight for the funding and resources needed.

We look forward to continuing that fight moving forward while we celebrate the accomplishments of this budget negotiation process.


Improved Access to Quality Care

New York State’s Governor Hochul and the State Legislature took action to demonstrate their commitment to the healthcare community and all the New Yorkers who rely on it. We still have work to do, but we celebrate the accomplishments of this budget negotiation process. To learn more about the budget, click here or on the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a safety net?

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

Why are safety nets important in New York?

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.

Who is being impacted by the lack of funding 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.