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January 15, 2019

For Immediate Release:

Statement by HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, regarding Gov. Cuomo’s executive budget proposal

HANYS commends Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a thoughtful and deliberate approach on key issues facing the healthcare sector.

The governor has proposed a commission to consider how to achieve universal access to healthcare in New York. We believe that studying this complex issue is the right approach.

The governor has also proposed a nurse staffing study by the Department of Health. We have strongly opposed mandated nurse staffing ratios in the past and continue to believe that inflexible mandates are the wrong approach. In this regard, multiple studies, including the recent Massachusetts Health Policy Commission study, clearly demonstrate that inflexible staffing mandates do not improve quality and only increase costs. We stand ready, however, to discuss ways to make further improvements in patient safety and quality of care.

We look forward to a robust, fact-based dialogue on both of these issues.

We also support the governor’s proposal to codify the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including protections for pre-existing conditions, as well as his effort to address gun violence.

Finally, we look forward to working with the governor and state lawmakers on continued investment in the healthcare system in 2019. The state has made significant progress in recent years – climbing in the national healthcare rankings – and we want to continue and expand that progress.

The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York, representing non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.