The Governors budget cuts $327
in Medicaid funding, threatening
New Yorks most vulnerable
the frail elderly and disabled
At a time when the State expects a nearly $3.9 billion surplus,
it is unconscionable that the Governors budget slashes
Medicaid funding by over $322 million to nursing homes and
by over $5 million to home health care services.
The State Health Department estimates that 117,000
of our most vulnerable citizens depend on the vital care provided
in New Yorks nursing homes today the frail
elderly with chronic disabilities, infants with multiple impairments
and young adults suffering from traumatic brain injury or
The Governors budget cuts funds that could otherwise
go to improving care. For example, an additional 16,000 certified
nurse aides could be providing direct patient care.
This, at a time when New Yorks not-for-profit
public nursing homes are already losing money as they struggle
to provide quality care for those who need it most
and face the most severe staffing shortage in history.
The Assembly will continue
to ensure the health and well-being
of all New Yorkers
The Assembly has consistently fought to make
New York a more affordable, healthier place to live. Just
last year, we were successful in expanding and simplifying
the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program
allowing enrollment to reach 215,000 seniors.
As this years budget negotiations proceed,
the Assembly will fight against the Governors efforts
to undermine the ability of nursing homes and home health
professionals to do their jobs. We will work to defeat any
budget proposal that would jeopardize the health, well-being
and independence of our elderly or disabled family members.
*Includes state, federal
and local shares