Doctors Council Statement on Medicaid Waiver in NYC Budget

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2014

“Doctors Council SEIU applauds Mayor de Blasio for helping to secure billions of dollars through a critical Medicaid waiver from the federal government, an effort that we believe will pay great dividends for our City and especially for the most vulnerable populations that utilize our public hospital system,” said Frank Proscia, M.D., President of Doctors Council SEIU which represents attending physicians and dentists in HHC hospitals and at various city agencies.  “Thanks in large part to the inclusive approach of Mayor de Blasio toward our safety-net hospitals, New York will be able to ensure more timely access to quality and affordable healthcare and improve the way community healthcare is delivered.  This funding is very welcome news to the many healthcare professionals who care deeply about the communities we serve. We look forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio receiving the input of community members and patients as well as the doctors and other members of the care delivery team- those that actually deliver care to our loved ones.”


About Doctors Council SEIU

Doctors Council SEIU, a professional organization for doctors, is the nation’s oldest and largest union of attending physicians and dentists in the United States, with members in New York City, and in states across the country. Formed in 1973, Doctors Council SEIU is a union for doctors and a voice for patients, and represents attending physicians and dentists at Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) facilities and hospitals, including doctors employed by the affiliates New York University School of Medicine, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY). HHC is the largest public hospital system in the nation. Doctors Council SEIU also represents doctors in the New York City Mayoral agencies including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as well as doctors working at Rikers Island, the largest correctional facility in the nation. Affiliated with SEIU, Doctors Council SEIU is a national union representing doctors employed in the public and private sectors.

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