New York Events for January 15 Day of Action

ProtestFollow up on blog posted December 30, 2016.

Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Senate Minority Leader, Charles E. Schumer (NY), and House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (CA) have called for a national day of action titled, “Our First Stand: Save Health Care,” this Sunday, January 15 to oppose any cuts to health care, and particularly Medicare and Medicaid.

Events are taking place in the following locations in New York State:

Please follow the links to register.

JoblossAccording to a new study from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and The Commonwealth Fund, New York would lose 131,000 jobs in 2019 if the advanced premium tax credits and federal funding for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were repealed.

According to the study, 37 percent of jobs lost would be in the health care sector, but repeal of the ACA would also affect jobs in other industries including: construction, real estate, retail, finance, and insurance. The study also shows that more than $240 billion in state revenues and taxes would be lost by 2023.

You can access the full New York State Fact Sheet here.

CelebrateNew York State’s official health plan Marketplace, the NY State of Health (NYSOH), announced this morning that more than 3.4 million New Yorkers have signed up for health coverage as of December 24, 2016. This represents more than a 22 percent increase in Marketplace participation since the end of the 2016 open enrollment period, and there is still almost a month left to enroll.

According to the press release, enrollment has increased in all 62 of New York’s counties and nearly 18 percent of the state population is now enrolled through NYSOH.

The release also notes the incredible success of New York’s Basic Health Plan, branded the Essential Plan, which now has more than 635,000 individuals enrolled.

Open enrollment continues through January 31, 2017. You can enroll in health coverage through the NYSOH website. If you need help enrolling, Navigators are available to provide in-person assistance. Please visit https://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/IPANavigatorSiteLocations or call (888) 614-5400 to find a Navigator in your area.

Speak Out!Members of Congress have been discussing a repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has expanded coverage and consumer protections to millions of New Yorkers. Join your neighbors across the state for a “National Day of Health Care Speak-Outs” on Tuesday, December 20 and tell your representatives in Congress what your health care means to you.

The events will take place at the following locations and times:

Albany (Capital District): 

Dec. 20, 5PM

Outside the Leo O’Brian Federal Building (Offices of US Senator’s Schumer and Gillibrand)

1 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12207

Contact: Jamaica Miles, 518-496-0799jmiles@citizenactionny.org

Glens Falls (North Country): 

Dec. 20, 5PM

Outside Elise Stefanik’s office
136 Glen Street

Glens Falls, NY 12801

Contact: Joe Seeman, 518-583-4326joe.seeman@yahoo.com

Kingston (Hudson Valley): 

Dec. 20, 5PM

Outside Chris Gibson’s office, soon to be John Faso’s office

721 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

Contact: Callie Jayne, 203-803-7414cjayne@citizenactionny.org

Massapequa Park (Long Is.): 

Dec. 20, 12PM

Outside of Peter King’s office
1003 Park Boulevard, Massapequa Park, NY 11762

Contact is: Olivia Santoro, 631-404-2240osantoro@lipc.org

Staten Island (NYC):

Dec. 20, 12 noon

Outside Dan Donovan’s office

265 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY

Contact:  Teri Caliari, 917-992-8731, olyas2000@hotmail.com

We will see you there!