As you have probably heard by now, New York City Health + Hospitals faces a $1.8 billion financial crisis, which left unaddressed, threatens the very existence of the system, our jobs, and most importantly, the health care of the 1.2 million New Yorkers who depend on the care we provide every year.
The New York State Legislature has passed a bill, the Enhanced Safety Net bill, which would assist Health + Hospitals in capturing a fairer share of funding meant for hospitals that treat the largest number of uninsured or Medicaid patients. This wouldn’t completely solve H+H’s fiscal problems, but it would be a helpful start.
Let’s encourage Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law. Working together with the other unions of H+H, we have created a petition to ask Gov. Cuomo to sign the Enhanced Safety Net bill into law.
We, in coordination with other unions, will be tabling at all H+H facilities to gather signatures and urge you and your colleagues to stop by and take a brief moment to add your name to the petition. Below is a list of the dates, times, and locations we will be tabling next week. Future sites and times will be announced shortly.
Dr. Frank Proscia
Doctors Council President
Monday, August 29:
Harlem Hospital Center, 1st Floor Lobby of MLK Pavilion 9am-5pm
Tuesday, August 30:
Bellevue Hospital, Ground Floor Atrium/Lobby 9am-5pm
Wednesday, August 31:
Kings County Hospital, S Building, 1st Floor Lobby 9am-5pm
Thursday, September 1:
Elmhurst Hospital Center, H Building 1st floor Lobby 9am-5pm
Lincoln Hospital, Across from Towers Cafe 1st floor Lobby 9am-5pm