Don't Miss NYS Regional Forums on GOP Healthcare Impact on NYS Healthcare!

NYAPRS Note: Don’t miss this week’s regional roundtables exploring the impact of GOP healthcare proposals for New Yorkers. See schedule below. NYAPRS’ Doug Hovey and I will be serving on the panels in New Hartford and Plattsburgh respectively.

June 26 (tonight)

Soggs’ Room, St Luke’s Hospital Campus, 1650 Champlain Avenue, New Hartford 6:30 pm

Regional Medical Center, 68 Harris-Bushville Rd, Harris 7pm

June 27 (tomorrow)

University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Nursing, Evarts Lounge, 255 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester 10:00 am

Clinton Community College, Stafford Theater, 136 Clinton Point Dr, Plattsburgh 6:00 pm

Hostos Community College, Savoy Manor Building, 120 E. 149th Street, 2nd FL, Bronx at 6:00 pm

Charles B. Wang Center Auditorium, Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Rd., Suite 302, Stony Brook at 6:00 pm

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Gaylord Cary Meeting Room, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo at 6:00 pm

June 28 (Wednesday)

Chittenango Public Library, 101 Falls Boulevard, Chittenango at 7:00 pm

UHS Binghamton General Hospital, Russell Community Room, 10-42 Mitchell Avenue, Binghamton 6:00 pm

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES SERIES OF EXPERT PANELS ON THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN NEW YORK UNDER THE WASHINGTON HEALTH CARE PLANS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a series of expert panels and community roundtables about how the Washington health care plans could affect health care in New York State. The panels, which will be held across the state in late June, will feature Cuomo administration officials and experts and will encourage New Yorkers to understand what is at stake and how to best protect their families from upcoming changes to our health care system. Read the Governor's statement on the Senate health care bill here or below.

"With the Senate introducing their ultra-conservative and devastating health care bill today, we want to make sure people know the facts from experts and community members about how exactly this legislation will affect the future of health care in New York," Governor Cuomo said."These plans will strip coverage from millions of New Yorkers and devastate our health care system, and while Congress has demonstrated an appalling lack of transparency and accountability to Americans, we are stepping up to provide New Yorkers with the facts about their health and lives."

According to the latest estimates, the House American Health Care Act, if enacted, would put 2.7 million New Yorkers at risk of losing their health insurance and would include $7 billion in cuts from New York’s health care system over the next four years.

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the Senate Republican Health Care Bill

"The Senate Republican health care bill continues the ultra-conservative assault on New Yorkers and our values. Senate Republicans have broken their promise to protect the American people and are trying to pass an inhumane piece of legislation that hurts middle class New Yorkers, discriminates against women, defunds Planned Parenthood, and turns its back on the most vulnerable Americans.

"Like the disastrous House proposal, this bill will strip coverage from millions of New Yorkers, cost New York State billions of dollars, and devastate our health care system. Senate Republicans have intensified the war on Medicaid services that New Yorkers rely on. And by keeping the reckless Collins-Faso Amendment, this bill targets New York and threatens to slash an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funding for the state, leading to devastating cuts to our hospitals, nursing homes, and home care providers.

"In New York, we believe that health care is a human right. That is why earlier this month, we took aggressive actions to ensure that whatever happens in Washington, essential health benefits will continue to be the rule in New York, not the exception. Today I stand with our Senate delegation in opposing this disastrous bill, and I call on all New Yorkers to make their voices heard. Together, we will continue to fight for quality and affordable health care coverage and safeguard the rights of all New Yorkers."