Albany Times-Union  |  October 18, 2017  |  Wendy Liberatore

Citizen Action of New York, the Fiscal Policy Institute and other community groups will join forces at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, outside Glens Falls Hospital, to call on Congresswoman Elise Stefanik  to enact a bipartisan solution to restore funding for hospitals (DSH-Disproportionate Share Hospital), CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) and the insurance marketplace.

Congress has failed to meet the Oct. 1 deadline to renew funding for these programs. The groups claim that this jeopardizes access to health care for thousands of New York children, endangers hospitals across the state and threatens to raise premiums for families.

Medicaid DSH payments are a safety net for hospitals, enabling them to fulfill their mission to care for the uninsured and underinsured. If DSH cuts are implemented, New Yorkers could lose $330 million next year, increasing to $1 billion annually by 2022.

These are estimated 2017 DSH payments for some NY 21st district hospitals:
·         Glens Falls Hospital: $3.7 million
·         Nathan Littauer Hospital (Gloversville): $2.8 million
·         Samaritan Medical Center (Watertown): $2.1 million
·         Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (Plattsburgh): $1.8 million

CHIP currently insures about 350,000 children in New York.