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For Immediate Release
September 5, 2019

Statement from United University Professions President Frederick E. Kowal on rescinding proposed cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program

“UUP and its 36,000 members join Gov. Cuomo and members of both parties of the New York Congressional delegation in calling for an extension of the federal Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program.

“This program is of vital importance to SUNY’s three public teaching hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse. Our hospitals depend on this funding as they continue to provide life-saving medical care to anyone who walks through their doors, whether or not they can afford to pay for care.

“Without DSH funding, SUNY’s hospitals will struggle mightily to provide crucial health care services to tens of thousands of uninsured and partially insured patients who simply do not have the means to pay for these vital services.

“Congress must take action to rescind these proposed cuts by the Trump administration before they take effect Oct. 1.”

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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