NY Lawmakers Expected to Pass Spending Bill Including $385M in Health Care Cuts

Monday, June 07, 2010

Lawmakers in New York are expected to vote later tonight on another emergency budget extender from Gov. David Paterson, one that would keep New York's state government operating but also includes $385 million in cuts and hundreds of millions more in savings from health care services.

Health care advocates like Scott Amrhein are alarmed. Amrhein is president of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition, which includes 100 nursing homes and home health care providers in the metropolitan area.

"When you start doing these kinds of cuts, it really hurts access and quality of care for everyone who needs these services," he says.

But Paterson says the cuts are necessary to help close the state's $9.2 billion budget gap. New York's legislature is likely to approve the emergency budget bill, because if it doesn't, the state's government will shut down.

Bill Van Slyke, a spokesman for the Healthcare Association of New York State, says this could lead to more hospital closures, like St. Vincent's in Manhattan.

"We scratch our heads in horror and wonder when these facilities close and no longer have access to care, yet at the same time we're imposing cut after cut after cut," he says.

Paterson added the cuts to the emergency spending measure out of frustration with the state of budget negotiations.

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by