Tell New York State Lawmakers: Support Our Hospitals!

January 3, 2022

For more than a decade, the State hasn’t increased Medicaid funding for hospitals, many of which care for extremely vulnerable urban and rural communities. And now, after saving lives and bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are stretched too thin — limiting access to healthcare for New Yorkers.

Take Action: Tell lawmakers to support increased Medicaid funding for New York!

Tell Governor Hochul and the State Legislature to take action and 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.

FAQs:

What is a safety net hospital?

A type of medical center that by legal obligation or mission provides healthcare for individuals regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

Why are safety net hospitals important for 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 for hospitals 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.