On May 28th, the House of Representatives removed a provision in H.R. 4213 that would have continued until November a provision that allows thousands of unemployed New Yorkers to purchase health insurance through COBRA by providing them with a 65% subsidy for their health insurance premiums.
Just as stunning, while so many states – including New York – are struggling to balance their budgets, the House removed an extension of enhanced “FMAP” funding that supports state Medicaid programs. The results are certain to be significant additional public employee layoffs throughout New York.
HCFANY urges Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to restore vital funding for COBRA health care benefits for the unemployed and FMAP (Medicaid) funding to support our state budget! This is not the time to choke off the economic recovery!