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Cuomo warns of Oct. 1 funding cut

Sep 30, 2017 12:06 am
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a late statement to the media this weekend. He says on Oct. 1, "the Trump administration will cut healthcare aid to our most needy patient populations and struggling hospitals, reducing funding by $2.6 billion. The irony and mean spirited nature of the cuts is breathtaking. These cuts are specifically targeted to our most stressed hospitals and neediest populations. The cuts are implemented by reducing a program called the Disproportionate Share Hospital payments (DSH). The hospitals that will be directly affected are SUNY Upstate Medical Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, H+H, Westchester County Medical Center, Nassau University Medical Center, and Erie County Medical Center. However, I expect that these cuts will ripple throughout the healthcare system and effect virtually every hospital statewide. New York State has a $4 billion deficit and is not in a position to make up funding. I urge our Federal government and congressional delegation to do everything possible to stop this tragedy from occurring."