In a lobbying push organized by the Healthcare Association of New York State, health system and hospital officials from around the state on Wednesday urged Albany lawmakers to roll back recent Medicaid cuts.
Based in Albany, HANYS is a trade group representing more than 500 non-profit hospitals and nursing homes.
Steps the group urged include:
- Investment of any savings generated by the federal Affordable Care Act and state reform initiatives into health care;
- Elimination of a 2 percent Medicaid cut across the board;
- Reinstatement of Medicaid-rate adjustments tagged to inflation;
- Streamlining the Department of Health’s process for reviewing and approving new health care facilities;
- Support of provisions proposed in the governor’s budget meant to improve workforce flexibility; and
- Rejecting new unfunded mandates including rules setting staffing ratios.
“We must invest health reform savings back into the delivery system and clear regulatory roadblocks that stifle innovation if we are to fulfill the promise of higher quality, lower cost care,” HANYS President Daniel Sisto said.
Lawmakers meeting with the health care officials included Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua.
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