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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 23, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY

UUP warns: Executive Budget harms SUNY hospitals


United University Professions President Phillip H. Smith today warned that the governor’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget proposal shortchanges the State University’s three public teaching hospitals in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse, and risks a loss of access to health care to the poor and those who have little or no health insurance in those communities. The governor’s proposal calls for a $28 million reduction to the hospital’s $87.8 million state subsidy.

“The Executive Budget fails to address the needs of SUNY’s three teaching hospitals—Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, Stony Brook Health Sciences Center on Long Island and Upstate Medical University in Syracuse,” Smith said. “These hospitals rely on the subsidy to fulfill their mission to serve everyone in need of medical care, regardless of their ability to pay. They cannot perform that mandated duty with a loss of 32 percent of their funding.”

Smith noted that SUNY’s hospitals have been struggling because of decreases in their subsidy for several years, mitigated slightly with partial restoration of funds by the Legislature last year.

“We will urge state lawmakers to revise the governor’s budget to include more money for these three vital hospitals,” Smith said.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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