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Healthcare Union, Nursing Home Providers, Join Lawmakers, Community Members, Others to Oppose Medicaid Funding Cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mindy Berman, mindyb@1199.org and (518) 229-0486 Colin Wolfgang, cwolfgang89@gmail.com and (973) 303-2738 Healthcare Union, Nursing Home Providers, Join Lawmakers, Community Members, Others to Oppose Medicaid Funding Cuts Coalition Calls for Reversal of Decision That Would Slash $250 Million from Nursing Homes Across New York State Albany, New York – America’s largest […]

Healthcare Union and Legislators Join Nursing Homes to Oppose Nursing Home Medicaid Cuts “We Are Scared”

What: Press conference calling to stop drastic Medicaid funding cut to nursing homes When: Thursday, October 31st, 2019, at 10:30 A.M. Where: Hillside Manor Rehabilitation & Extended Care Center, LLC, 182-15 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica Estates, New York 11432 Who: 1199SEIU healthcare workers, New York State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assembly Member Clyde Vanel, Assembly Member David […]

Healthcare Union and Legislators Join Nursing Homes to Demand that State Stop Nursing Home Medicaid Cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE What:  Press conference calling to stop drastic Medicaid CMI funding cut to nursing homes When: Thursday, October 24th,  3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Where: Clove Lakes Rehab Center, 25 Fanning St, Staten Island, NY 10314 Who: 1199SEIU nursing home workers; Senator Diane Savino; Assembly Member Charles Fall; Kevin Elkins, District Director for […]

New York’s nursing homes face MILLIONS IN CUTS in state funding

We all know someone who relies or has relied on the care of a nursing home—and those nursing homes now face a devastating cut.  On November 6th, nursing homes will lose a massive quarter of a billion dollars in Medicaid funding unless we act now: which is why we’re asking you to sign this petition. […]

October 2019 Events

BROOKLYN  SATURDAY, OCT. 12TH What: ‘Healthy Choices for Healthy Living’: Plant-based Health Conference Where: Trinity Baptist Church, 179 New York Avenue, Brooklyn, 11216 When:  9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact: For more information and to register, call 646-670-3238 or 917-593-0032 or email centerofjoy2010@gmail.com   BUFFALO  TUESDAY, OCT 1ST What:  Let’s Talk: Mental Health in the […]

Breast cancer: Early detection is the best treatment

October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in New York. The Healthcare Education Project actively organizes free breast cancer screenings around New York State all year. Hundreds of women have gotten screened, some for the first time, many underinsured or uninsured. These free screenings are […]

Nursing homes face drastic Medicaid funding cut

The fight to protect nursing homes from a massive $250 million Medicaid cut in the New York State budget continues.  If this cut passes, over 600 nursing homes around the state will be affected. Tens of thousands of nursing home residents will feel the pain. The cut will impact many direct care jobs in nursing […]

Women’s Health and Fitness Day

The key to a happy and healthy life includes a number of important lifestyle habits—for both men and women. Fitness is an essential part of these lifestyle habits, and Women’s Health and Fitness Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about how staying active keeps women healthy. According to the CDC, more than 13% […]

Sickle Cell Disease

September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month—a good opportunity to provide statistics about this deadly disease. What is Sickle Cell Disease? Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic disorder in which patients have deformed red blood cells (known as sickle cells). These cells die earlier than normal, healthy blood cells, causing a red blood cell deficiency. […]

Press Release: New York’s Uninsured Rate Drops, Despite Increases in Most Other States

Albany, NY – Health Care for All New York is delighted to announce that more New Yorkers have health insurance than ever before – and that New York was one of only three states where more people have health insurance this year than last. “While the rest of the country is experiencing declines in coverage, New […]

A Timeline of the Texas Court Case

Since September of last year, a group of Republican Attorneys General have been seeking to have the ACA ruled unconstitutional. As we approach oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, on Tuesday, July 9th, a look back at how the case has evolved--told by some of the most reputable press outlets. June [...]

Bucking National Trends, New York’s Uninsured Rate Continues to Decline, Reaching a Historic Low of 4.7 Percent

Under Governor Cuomo’s Leadership, New York’s Uninsured Rate is now the Lowest Among Large States

Medicaid DSH Payments To Hospitals

What is Medicaid DSH? The Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program provides payments to safety net hospitals that serve a high proportion of Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients. The payments are essential for these hospitals to offset their uncompensated care costs from treating low-income patients. What Crisis do DSH Hospitals Face? Congress has not yet […]

Are you ready for the next healthcare fight?

On May 4th, two years ago, the most unpopular bill in the history of healthcare passed the Republican-controlled House: The American Health Care Act.  Together, we stopped it from passing in the Senate by one single vote. Yet, the Trump Administration is still at it.  The effort to repeal the ACA is in the courts [...]

Learn more about the Protecting Pre-existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019

The Trump Administration is in court trying to end your #healthcare #protections under the #ACA.  But others in Congress have introduced a new proposal to protect and improve healthcare. Called the Protecting Pre-existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019, here’s what it offers: Lowers health insurance premiums with strengthened and expanded [...]

National Minority Health Month

Active & Healthy is the theme for National Minority Health Month 2019, and the Office of Minority Health will join our partners throughout the country as we promote physical activity to help people live healthier lives. An active and healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other [...]

We Are In The Community

Resources You Can Use Mental health. Vaccinations. Understanding health insurance. HEP has a range of popular resources on our website that you can read and download. Wish to attend a healthcare event in your area? Email us at info@hepnewyork.org. Upcoming Community Events Syracuse: ‘Hot Topics in Healthcare’ discussion forum for senior citizens. April 30, 2019, […]

National Donate Life Month

Notes From The Frontline

Nasirah Monique Buissereth has fought on our frontlines in the US Navy. Today, she is on the frontlines in the healthcare industry and as a local community activist. Nasirah is a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Health in Syracuse, New York, and is pursuing her degree at LeMoyne College to become a Nurse Practitioner . [...]

The War on Healthcare Continues

Those who are responsible The Trump Administration and its allies in Congress who want to repeal the ACA through legal attacks, budget defunding, and sabotage Those who pay the price 21 million newly insured 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions 60 million Medicare beneficiaries 2 million young adults covered by their parents’ plans Once again, [...]

Black History Month Healthcare Pioneers

In honor of Black History Month, the Healthcare Education Project would like to honor these exceptional healthcare professionals and visionaries who advanced the medical industry.

Key Facts about Health Insurance and the Uninsured amidst Changes to the Affordable Care Act

55% of uninsured are eligible for financial assistance in getting healthcare, and still can’t afford it The other 45% live in states that did not expand Medicaid, face immigration eligibility issues, or do not qualify for financial assistance 27.4 million uninsured in 2017–the first year that figure rose since the ACA became law In 2017, 13 […]

Blood Donor Awareness Month – Your Blood Can Save Lives

January is Blood Donor Awareness Month—a good opportunity to highlight the importance of donating blood and the impact it can have on saving lives. Blood Donation 101 The average adult has approximately 10 pints of blood in their body. During a donation, approximately 1 pint is taken. A healthy donor can donate blood every 56 […]

New Year’s Resolutions to Improve your Health this 2019

Make health your priority this year with these following tips: Drink more water – most recommend that you drink a half a gallon of water a day on average. Follow these twelve tips from ‘Self’ to make drinking water more fun! Exercise – exercising regularly will help you get into shape and decrease your risk […]

U.S. top court, Kavanaugh spurn Planned Parenthood defunding case

Andrew Chung | Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women’s healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump’s appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices who rebuffed the states. The justices left intact […]

2019 Open Enrollment is Underway: A Q&A with NY State of Health

Open enrollment for health insurance in 2019 on the New York State marketplace is open. The Healthcare Education Project spoke with NY State of Health regarding key information you should know to sign up for healthcare. Q: What makes NY State of Health unique, compared to the federal healthcare exchange that many states use? NY […]

A Year in Healthcare: HEP in 2018

Securing Healthcare Funding in the State Budget HEP played a key role in securing additional healthcare funding in the New York State budget. The Secure Our Care campaign energized constituents to urge their representatives to increase healthcare funding, in response to cuts from Washington HEP and GNYHA held a series of budget forums for legislators […]

Healthcare Takeaways From The Midterm Elections

The people have spoken! Here are three of the biggest takeaways on healthcare from the midterm elections last Tuesday: Healthcare really matters to voters. Twenty-six percent of voters said that healthcare was the most important issue in deciding their vote last Tuesday, making it the most important issue overall for voters this year (Associated Press). […]

ACA At Risk: Is Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions Next?

On September 5th, a judge will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by a number of states, led by Texas, arguing that the ACA should be made invalid. This is one of many attempts by the Trump Administration and the Republican majority in Congress to undermine the ACA and the protections that millions of […]

The Texas Court Ruling: Likely Outcomes

On September 5th, a judge will hear oral arguments in a case with enormous implications for Americans with pre-existing conditions who are currently protected under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA). A number of states, led by Texas, have filed a lawsuit arguing that the ACA should be made invalid. The Department of Justice has […]

May 4, 2017: A date we won’t forget!

Today’s Events Para ver la información en Español A year ago, on this day, the most unpopular bill in the history of healthcare passed the House: The American Health Care Act. We stopped it from passing in the Senate by one single vote. But that’s how close it came to achieving its dangerous mission. What […]

Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium

Senator Leroy Comrie, York College, Healthfirst, and the Healthcare Education Project invite you to the second annual Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium at York College.

Register Today To Become An Organ Donor

More than 10,000 New Yorkers are on waiting lists as the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply. One person who donates organs (hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestines) can save up to eight lives, while a tissue donor (corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, veins, etc.) can improve 12 or more lives.

Immediate threats to healthcare coverage

Medicaid Despite the best efforts of many of the House and Senate Republicans, the effort to repeal/replace the ACA (“Obamacare”) that would have decimated federal Medicaid funding has failed — not once, but twice. However, the House has just passed a draft budget that is yet another threat to this critical healthcare funding. The $4.1 […]

¡Hazte las pruebas habituales de detección! Un mensaje público de Healthcare Education Project Proyecto de Educación en el Cuidado de la Salud

Octubre, mes Nacional de Concientización de la prevención del cáncer de seno, una campaña para concientizar acerca de esta dolencia. El número de muertes relacionadas al cáncer de seno ha sido reducido en los últimos años—en parte esto se debe a los esfuerzos educativos por concientizar a la población sobre esta enfermedad y como prevenirla. […]

Get screened. Stay healthy. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s October, which means it’s once again National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the disease. The good news is that the number of breast cancer-related deaths has been falling over the past several years—in part due to efforts to increase public awareness about the disease and how to prevent […]

Trump Executive Order; Another Attempt to Undermine the ACA (“Obamacare”)

President Trump’s Executive Order that is expected to be signed this week will be nothing short of a back-door attempt to undermine the benefits of Obamacare in the Administration’s ongoing attempt to repeal the landmark legislation. By expanding access to association health care plans and short-term plans, the Obamacare exchange faces an exodus of consumers […]

Social Media Sample Messages

Twitter: @Congressperson, protect our healthcare! #StopGrahamCassidyHeller amendment! #SaveMedicaid  We want #CareNotChaos @Congressperson Protect children’s health insurance! Renew funding for #CHIP this month! #CareNotChaos  #SaveMedicaid @Congressperson Protect Medicaid funding for safety net hospitals #ProtectDSHMedicaid #CareNotChaos  #SaveMedicaid Facebook: Follow Healthcare Education Project and 1199SEIU now!  We need your voices to stop Congress from trying to repeal the Affordable […]