The coverage gains and consumer protections achieved under the ACA and the Medicaid program that covers the most vulnerable New Yorkers are all at risk. The Senate could be voting on their Better Health Care Reconciliation Act that would take coverage away from more than 22 million people and end the Medicaid program as we know it as early as next week.
Join HCFANY MONDAY, July 17 at 1:15 PM for the “Take a Stand for Health Care” rally with Governor Andrew Cuomo at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City to defend the ACA and Medicaid. Please register here.
Icahn School of Medicine
Mt. Sinai Hospital
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029
A few weeks ago, more than 70 members of HCFANY, Health Care for America Now-New York (HCAN), and Medicaid Matters New York (MMNY) from across the state gathered in Albany for the first joint New York State Health Advocates Spring Meeting. More than 50 consumers and advocates attended the press conference in front of the State Capitol about the then secret Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act bill. Several State Legislators also attended including: Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and Assembly Member Patricia Fahy. We were honored to have Margarida Jorge, Co-Executive Director of HCAN and the HCAN Education Fund, as a speaker at the press conference and as our keynote speaker. You can view WNYT coverage of the press conference here.
We heard updates from HCFANY, HCAN-New York, MMNY, Coverage 4 All (immigrant health), disability rights groups, and women’s health and LGBTQIA groups to learn more about what they are doing to fight for New York’s health care and how consumers can get involved. You can view slides from the presentation here. The meeting concluded with break out groups to plan ACA and Medicaid defense actions in different regions throughout New York State.
According to an updated analysis from the Commonwealth Fund and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, New York would lose 131,700 jobs by 2026 if the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) passed by the Senate last month became law. This represents 45,000 more jobs lost in New York State than under the House’s American Health Care Act. Based on this estimate, New York would once again lose more jobs than any other state in the country.
According to the study, approximately 62 percent of jobs lost would be in the health care sector, but BCRA would affect other industries as well. The study also shows that $17.1 billion in Gross State Product and more than $27 billion in business output would be lost by 2026. You can access the full New York State data here.
The Senate is still working on the final version of BCRA, but the bill will ultimately return to the House of Representatives for another vote. It is very important that your Representatives in Congress hear from you. This Monday, July 10 please join HCFANY for a National Call-In Day at (844) 898-1199 and tell Congress to vote “No” on BCRA and any efforts to take away our health care.
Yesterday, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in Foley Square in New York City for an emergency “Save Our Care Vigil.” HCFANY Steering Committee members Elisabeth Benjamin of the Community Service Society, Ben Anderson of the Children’s Defense Fund-New York, and Mark Hannay of Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign shared consumer stories and spoke to demonstrators about what’s at stake for New Yorkers under the House and Senate proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The time to act is now. There are more events taking place around New York State today and tomorrow, including other vigils, rallies, and phone banking to states with Republican senators. Join friends and neighbors in your area to speak out and fight for our health care.