Save the Date: NYSNA nurses have made it our mission to care for all New Yorkers. Join us for two packed days of solidarity, education, advocacy, and fun — the 2014 NYSNA Biennial Conference, September 16 and 17 at New York’s Javits Center.
On the periphery of NYC's Union Square this week, a meeting convened by Physicians for a National Health Program, dubbed "Labor and the ACA: Problems, Threats, and the Road Forward," filled the conference room with committed advocates of single payer – students, MDs, public health experts, union staffers and members, allied organizations. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, sponsor of NYS's single payer bill, "New York Health," was also present. NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez's presentation gripped the gathering.
"We believe that people in their hearts know what to do," said Judy, against the backdrop of an evocative slide show replete with popular images and poignant captions. "Healthcare is a human right."
It is not hard to be overwhelmed, she said. "Hospitals were empires before, now they're mega-empires." Amidst the concentration of healthcare resources, a new wave of merger and acquisition, powerful combinations of hospital corporations have put the professionalism of nursing under attack.
NYS State and the Feds: Make sure money goes to hospitals that are truly serving low-income and uninsured people
There are longstanding inequities in how hospitals have been funded through past Medicaid waivers and other decisions. Over the past ten years, we have witnessed the closure of 19 hospitals in New York City, with many of those closings occurring in low-income, immigrant, and communities of color. Financial distress has been one of the major causes of these closures. We need to make sure that our hospitals are adequately and fairly funded.
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