HTNYS Joins Other Advocates in Call to Protect Essential Health Services
Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS), American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association of New York yesterday called on Governor Paterson and the Legislature to protect essential life-saving services as they address the ongoing state budget crisis. The call came just one week after the Department of Health cancelled a statewide breast cancer screening program for uninsured women when funding for the program ran out. The Paterson Administration immediately reinstated the program, saying the state would “find the money” to fund it.
In a joint release, the group of advocates warned that the state must find the necessary resources to ensure that critical health care services, and the organizations that provide them, are adequately funded in the coming state budget determinations.
Governor Paterson has called the Legislature back to Albany for a special session on November 18, when they are slated to consider ways to save $2 billion because of state budget deficits. In addition, the Governor will release his 2009-2010 Executive Budget proposal on December 16, which is expected to include significant cuts to health care services and providers. Contact: Sue Ellen Wagner