Celebrate Today–But Get Back to Work Tomorrow
Congratulations to all of us on defeating the damaging health bill in the Senate. We defeated this bill because people from across the nation came together and in one voice said “no!” to Medicaid cuts that would hurt children, families, people with disabilities, and seniors. We fended off devastating cuts to Medicaid because consumers, advocates, hospitals, clinics, physicians and long-term care providers worked together. We defeated this bill because schools, child welfare agencies, rural health networks, immigrant rights groups and so many more constituencies stood together. We defeated this bill because, collectively, as a state, we fought hard against this bill which would have severely weakened our health system – one that covers 98% of our children – one we have built together.
But, we can’t let down our guard. Threats persist, although they make take different forms. The budget that the President has proposed contains per capita caps for Medicaid as well as cuts to the Child Health Insurance Program. Stay vigilant. Stay prepared.
We will continue to work with our partners here in New York and beyond to provide you with current information as this fluid situation changes. We are also focused on ensuring that Congress renews funding for Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) before the end of September.
We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your energy and dedication in protecting the health of New York’s children. Celebrate today – but get back to work tomorrow. New York kids are depending on us.
President and CEO