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NY State Medicaid Budget Cuts

WHEREAS, The Medicaid program currently provides healthcare to the neediest members of our community including working adults, children, seniors, the disabled and mentally ill; and

WHEREAS, The $1.13 Billion in cuts to the Medicaid program in the proposed 2005/6 State budget would most likely increase the number of uninsured in our community, decrease access to long term care services for our elderly and disabled, unduly restrict access to needed drug therapy, and eliminate some so-called "optional" services; and

WHEREAS, These cuts would have a long term impact to New York City by reducing funding to important health facilities and providers in the city and the Community Board  Five area, causing layoffs for healthcare workers; and

WHEREAS, These cuts significantly hurt hospitals and other health care institutions that are already in a financial crisis; and

WHEREAS, These cuts would impact on the quality of care all New Yorkers receive and cause those denied coverage to seek treatment for routine illnesses in emergency rooms instead of at primary care providers; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five recognizes the financial strain placed upon both state and localities by increasing Medicaid costs; and

WHEREAS, The budget proposed by the Governor conditions the State assuming an increasing share of Medicaid costs on legislative acceptance of the $1.13 billion in cuts; and

WHEREAS, There are other alternatives to reduce city and state Medicaid expenditures, such as making health and LTC insurance more affordable, re-importing drugs, consolidating New York's pharmaceutical purchases, and revising the federal funding formula; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five urges the Governor and legislature:

The above resolution passed with a vote of 21 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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