FIGHTING FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR NEW YORKERS.

Health bill harms  NY 
Dear Editor: 

The Senate healthcare bill, as presently promulgated, would burden New York taxpayers with in excess of $1 billion in extra Medicaid costs while denying critical aid to city hospitals that serve the  poor. 

In many states,  the feds would pick up almost all the initial costs by providing Medicaid coverage to everyone up to 133 percent of the poverty level. But New York would be ineligible for this assistance because we already cover most people up to 150 percent - more than the basic requirement of providing healthcare for the poor.  Consequently, we will lose out.

The New York House delegation, headed by Rep. Charlie Rangel, Chairman of the  Ways and Means Committee, must collectively demand equitable  financing of the Medicaid expansion, which is due to take effect  in 2015. To his credit, Rangel seems game, and is optimistic New  York is going to come out better than we are now. He also rightly  categorized the provisions as "totally unfair." 

The daunting  reality is that New Yorkers would be immensely burdened by the  Senate's version of the national health plan.Gov. David Paterson  estimates the new $1 billion a year cost because of an additional  million New Yorkers joining the Medicaid rolls, and Mayor Mike  Bloomberg has warned that cuts on the table could force closure of  clinics. 

The House  version of the health plan offers relief to all states and would  save New York $4 billion a year. A clear priority should be  protecting aid to city hospitals that serve the millions of  uninsured. Congress must make sure that emergency care costs are covered. Clearly, New York needs, and deserves, more from the  final health reform legislation.


Albert Baldeo 
Ozone Park


National health care reform bill must treat New York State better
Thursday, January 7, 2010 1:17 PM EST.

The U.S. Senate bill, as presently promulgated, would burden New York taxpayers in excess of $1  billion in extra Medicaid costs while denying critical aid to city  hospitals that serve the poor. The feds would pick up almost all  the initial costs states would bear by providing Medicaid coverage to everyone up to 133 percent of the poverty level.

But New  York would be ineligible for this assistance because we already cover most people up to 150 percent - more than the basic requirement of providing health care for the poor. Consequently, we will lose out for having generously covered our poor in the past.

The New York House of Representatives delegation, headed by U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-Astoria), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, must collectively demand equitable financing of the Medicaid expansion, which is due to take effect in 2015. To his credit, Rangel seems game and is on public record as saying he is optimistic New York is going to come out better  than it is now. He also rightly categorized the provisions as  "totally unfair."

The daunting reality is that New Yorkers would be immensely burdened by the Senate's version of the national health care plan. Gov. David Paterson estimated this unjust arrangement will cost us more than $1 billion a year, as an additional million New Yorkers join the Medicaid rolls, and Mayor  Mike Bloomberg has warned that cuts on the table could force the closure of clinics. Both have looked out for us in this  instance.

The House version of the health plan offers relief to all states and would save New York $4 billion a year. A clear priority should be protecting aid to city hospitals that serve the millions of uninsured. Clearly, New York needs and deserves more from the final health reform legislation.

In this imperfect plan, Congress must make sure costs are covered for emergency care for uninsured patients. Unless the House and Senate find common ground, health care costs will explode. We must be able to seek out the best care at the best price.

If these and other reforms are not made, New York will suffer the  most - a price we cannot afford to pay and an additional burden we cannot carry.

Albert Baldeo

Ozone Park


Health care bill hurts New York

Dear Editor:

The Senate bill, as presently promulgated, would  burden New York taxpayers in excess of $1 billion in extra  Medicaid costs while denying critical aid to city hospitals that  serve the poor. The feds would pick up almost all the initial  costs that states would bear by providing Medicaid coverage to  everyone up to 133 percent of the poverty level.

However, New York would be ineligible for this  assistance because we already cover most people up to 150 percent  more than the basic requirement of providing health care for the  poor. Consequently, we will lose out for having generously covered  our poor in the past.

The New York House delegation, headed by Congressman Charlie Rangel, chairman of the Ways and Means  Committee, must collectively demand equitable financing of the Medicaid expansion, which is due to take effect in 2015. To his credit, Rangel seems game, and is on public record as stating that he is very, very optimistic New York is going to come out  certainly better than we are now. He also rightly categorized the  provisions as "totally unfair."

The daunting reality is that New Yorkers would be immensely burdened by the Senate's version of the national health plan. Gov. David Paterson estimates that this unjust arrangement will cost us more than $1 billion a year as an additional million New Yorkers join the Medicaid rolls, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg has warned that cuts on the table could force closure of clinics. Both have looked out for us in this instance.

The House version of the health plan offers relief  to all states and would save New York $4 billion a year. A clear priority should be protecting aid to city hospitals that serve the millions of uninsured. Clearly, New York needs, and deserves, more from the final health reform legislation.

In this imperfect plan, Congress must make sure that costs are covered for emergency care for uninsured patients.  Unless the House-Senate conference committee finds common ground, health care costs will explode. We must be able to seek out the best care at the best price. If these and other reforms are not  made, New York will suffer the most, a price we cannot afford to pay, and an additional burden we cannot carry.

Albert Baldeo
President 
United Community Alliance


 
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