photo Making sure our loved ones have quality health care

State budget delivers quality health care


“While this year’s budget made significant reforms, I am still fighting the Berger Commission Report, which recommends the closure of Lakeside Nursing Home. I will continue to fight to keep Lakeside open and work to provide health care that puts patients first.”

—Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton

Keeping our families healthy

The budget:

thumbs up Expands health care coverage to New York’s 400,000 uninsured children by expanding eligibility for the Child Health Plus insurance program
thumbs up Restores $605,000 in funding to area hospitals, including
  • Cortland Regional Medical Center...$393,000

  • Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca...$212,000

thumbs up Restores $1.7 million in funding to area nursing homes, including
  • Cortland Regional Medical Center Nursing Facility...$217,000

  • Cortland Care Center...$233,000

  • Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility–Cortland...$362,000

  • Groton Community Health Care Center Residential Care Facility...$129,000

  • Lakeside Nursing Home, Inc...$488,000

  • Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home...$74,000

  • Reconstruction Home, Inc...$126,000

  • Kendal at Ithaca...$92,000

thumbs up Restructures Medicaid and eliminates waste, so Medicaid dollars are spent on Medicaid recipients, not on fraudulent claims for unnecessary services—or services never rendered
thumbs up Creates the New York State False Claims Act—providing whistleblowers with an incentive to root out fraud—and strengthens the office of Medicaid Inspector General by adding more auditors

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checkmark Restoring health
care cuts
checkmark Controlling Medicaid spending
checkmark To help make your
health care wishes known,
a health care proxy form is
available by clicking here.
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850