Monday, November 11, 2019
Assemblyman Phil Ramos, Assemblyman David Weprin, Suffolk County Legislator Sammy Gonzalez and New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik joined 1199SEIU and the Long Island Federation of Labor at a rally to protect New York's nursing homes at the Parker Jewish Institute in New Hyde Park.
600 nursing homes across the state will experience a budget cut of $246 million retroactive to July 1, 2019 because of actions taken by the State Department of Health. The nursing home industry, residents and health care workers are calling on Governor to stop these cuts to Medicaid reimbursements. Acting unilaterally and making the cuts retroactive ignored the advice of an advisory committee which warned that this action could damage the financial viability of the nursing homes, endanger quality resident care, and put crucial health care jobs at risk.
Nursing homes are already being reimbursed at 20% less for the care they provide. Skilled nursing facilities have gone over ten years without an inflation adjustment to their Medicaid rates.
Another rally is planned on Thursday, November 14th at the Brookside Multi-Care Nursing Center, 7 Route 25A in Smithtown at 12 Noon. Join us to show support for quality care and the workers who provide it.