If it is important to you that rural seniors in New York State continue to have access to health care, please contact your elected NYS officials to voice your opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts to Rural Health Network funding and 29 other healthcare workforce, prevention and infra-structure programs. The proposed twenty percent cut for this fiscal year comes on top of a 21% cut last year resulting in a combined loss of over $80,000 to the Rural Health Network of SCNY. These extreme funding cuts will require us to continue reducing essential services, limit development work needed to meet critical rural needs, and negatively impact our ability to leverage and match federal, private and other NYS resources necessary to improve rural health. These cuts hurt our already hurting rural people, communities and economies.
Mobility Management of SCNY (MMSCNY) began in 2010 with significant funding provided by the NYS Rural Health Network program. While there were other important funding partners, MMSCNY would not have been initiated or developed without this critical NYS funding. Without NYS Rural Health Network funding, there would not be a Mobility Management of SCNY, providing assistance to those with transportation needs twelve hours a day, five days a week. There would not be a Connection to Care Program providing transportation to health care services for rural seniors in our region. There would not be an innovative transportation voucher program for Medicaid recipients recognized as a model program by the NYS Health Department.
With the next stage in the budget decision making process coming up March 15
, we ask that you act today and contact your elected officials in strong opposition of this proposed consolidation and funding cut.
You can find information and resources HERE,
along with a link to pre-written, pre-addressed letter templates.
We ask that you complete the letters with your information and letterhead, and then either send or email them to the appropriate recipient, or you can
email them back to us
and we will be happy to forward them on.
If you would like more information about this initiative, our work at Mobility Management of South Central NY, or would like to know more about our advocacy work, please feel free to contact us!