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1199SEIU Joins Consumers, Providers and Health Plans In Urging Congress to put aside partisan bickering and make the health of New Yorkers a priority

Healthcare consumers, providers, workers and health plans across the state are anxious about the future since the October 1 Federal budget deadline passed without funding for key healthcare programs. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs) expired on September 30. New York is projected to burn through its CHIP reserves in two months. October 1 also saw the implementation of damaging cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding to safety net providers and the expiration of funding for rural hospitals. To compound the problem, the Trump Administration ended the Federal government’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) under the Affordable Care Act on October 1, endangering the Essential Health Plan, which provides affordable health insurance for 750,000 moderate-income New Yorkers, and creating uncertainty for people in the individual market. In addition to these issues, pressing Medicare provisions, including therapy caps and outreach funding for low-income Medicare beneficiaries, need immediate bipartisan attention.

The budget deadline has been extended twice and is now this Friday, January 19. Congress must act to fund the government or face a shutdown. New York’s healthcare community is united in calling on our Congressional delegation to ensure that any budget or budget extender includes full funding for health insurance for children and moderate-income New Yorkers, meaningful individual market stabilizers and restoration of funding for safety net clinics and hospitals. New York’s healthcare consumers, providers, and workers have waited long enough. - Read the full release

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