New York's three public hospitals in SUNY are facing a perfect storm.

                Nearly 3 million New Yorkers would lose health insurance if President Donald Trump and Republicans follow through with Trump's campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

                Without insurance, many will have no choice but to turn to SUNY's three state-operated hospitals. And without more state funding, these hospitals could be overrun with millions of newly uninsured patients seeking the quality health care they have a right to and deserve.

                We cannot let this happen! The time is NOW to tell Albany to increase vital funding to New York's state-operated public hospitals in SUNY.

                CLICK HERE to send an electronic letter to your legislators telling them to support New York's state-operated hospitals in SUNY: the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, Stony Brook University Medical Center in Stony Brook, and Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse.

                "Health care isn't a privilege, it's a right," said UUP President Fred Kowal. "Because they are state-run facilities, these hospitals provide health care to everyone, even if they can't afford to pay. Without Obamacare, millions of New Yorkers will look to our state-operated hospitals for necessary health care."

                Already, these chronically underfunded institutions are a lifeline, a beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands of patients served each year, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured. Together, they treat more than 1.3 million patients annually, including the state's sickest and most vulnerable.

                Obamacare in NY: The facts

                In New York:

                      • One of every six New Yorkers is insured under the ACA
                      • State figures show that as many as 2.7 million New Yorkers would be robbed of health insurance if Republicans follow through with Trump's promise to dismantle Obamacare
                      • Many who would lose insurance are low-income residents who couldn't otherwise afford health insurance without Obamacare

                New York also stands to lose $3.7 billion in federal funds for health care. This loss of federal funds would force the state's public hospitals to make drastic budget cuts while treating thousands of new, uninsured patients. Nationally, as many as 18 million Americans could lose health insurance in the first year if Trump and Republicans repeal the ACA.

                Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also been outspoken about his support for Obamacare; in late February, he urged congressional Democrats to "stand up" and "fight" any repeal of the ACA.

                SUNY's hospitals: What they offer

                Our hospitals provide a wealth of health care services, many of them specialized to deal with patients with hard-to-treat medical conditions referred by other hospitals:

                      • SUNY Downstate has The Center for Dialysis; Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center; The Childrens Hospital at SUNY Downstate
                      • Stony Brook University Medical Center has The Stony Brook Heart Institute; The Digestive Disorders Institute; The Stony Brook University Cancer Center
                      • Upstate Medical University has The Clark Burn Center; The Joslin Diabetes Center; The Upstate Golisano Childrens Hospital

                And there's more

                But the state's public hospitals in SUNY provide more than just health care.

                SUNY's medical colleges are among the largest medical schools in the U.S.; they educate more than 12,500 students each year for health, medical and biomedical careers.

                These state-operated medical schools are a pipeline for future doctors and medical professionals to New York City and the rest of the state. New York students account for 85 percent of first-year medical students at SUNY medical schools. Many graduates stay and practice in New York.

                The hospitals also:

                      • Generate over $5 billion in economic activity and over $680 million in tax income
                      • They have created and support nearly 26,000 jobs. pstate is the largest employer in Central New York, and employs residents from nearly half of the state. Downstate is Brooklyn's fourth-largest employer
                      • Have more than $100 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

                Tell Albany: Increase vital funding to SUNY's state-operated public hospitals!

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