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January 22, 2010 News Headlines

HANYS Rallying Members for State Budget Advocacy

Facing another round of proposed cuts and taxes that would cause health care service and job losses, New York’s health care providers are gearing up for what promises to be a difficult battle to protect health care amid severe state revenue shortfalls. HANYS is equipping members with budget data, briefing members on strategy, and preparing for Leadership Advocacy Day, to be held March 3.

HANYS is developing facility-specific estimates of the impact of Governor Paterson’s Executive Budget for state fiscal year (SFY) 2010-2011, which would impose about $1 billion in cuts and taxes on hospitals, nursing homes, and home care providers. HANYS expects to release its estimates shortly.

HANYS and the allied associations are encouraging members to participate in a series of briefings that will detail the impact of the Governor’s proposed state budget, and discuss advocacy steps. The briefings, which begin next week, will be held in every region of the state and will cover advocacy strategies and budget details. HANYS sent members details on each regional briefing in a January 13 e-lert.

HANYS is also urging every member organization to send a team of administrative and trustee leaders to Albany on Wednesday, March 3 for the 2010 Leadership Advocacy Day, to be held in conjunction with Healthcare Trustees of New York State and the allied associations. For information on Advocacy Day, members should contact Rachel Hajos, Vice President, Healthcare Educational and Research Fund, at (518) 431-7838 or at rhajos@hanys.org. Contact: Nicholas Henley


HANYS News to Highlight Haiti Relief Efforts

Members: If your facility has engaged in relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, please let us know. We would like to publicly recognize member activities in our HANYS News e-newsletter. Please send your information to Chris Pellnat, Director of Editorial Operations, at cpellnat@hanys.org or give him a call at (518) 431-7764.