Call for Action, Health Care

Call Your NYS Senator on Friday, June 2, (Statewide Call Day), in support of New York Health, S4840

Thank you to Sandi Sonnenfeld for her work on this issue.

Background
New York Health (S4840) would implement a universal, single-payer health care plan to cover all New Yorkers. In 2015 and 2016, it passed in the Assembly but did not pass the Senate. Thirty NYS Senators now support the bill in 2017. This bill could provide important protections to ALL New Yorkers now endangered by Trump Administration executive orders and sabotage of the ACA, as well as from Republican bills such as the AHCA.

 The bill would create a universal single payer health plan — New York Health — to provide comprehensive health coverage for all New Yorkers. Every New York resident would be eligible to enroll, regardless of age, income, wealth, employment, or other status. New York Health would be paid for by assessments based on ability to pay, through a progressively graduated state payroll tax (paid 80% by employers and 20% by employees, and 100% by the self-employed) and by a surcharge on other income. Federal funds now received for Medicare, Medicaid, Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus would be combined with the state revenue in a New York Health Trust Fund. The ‘local share’ of Medicaid funding — a major burden on local property taxes — would be ended. There would be no other premium, deductibles, or co-pays.Sample Call Script
Hello, I am [name], from [town, zip code]. I am calling to ask Sen. [Serino/Marchione] to support the New York Health Act, S4840. This important bill would reduce our local property taxes, reduce costs for healthcare services for everyone, and improve actual healthcare for people in our district. Not just offer ‘access’ to care! This would be a great help to many in our district, which has a large number of older people, low income people and people who are self-employed or don’t get healthcare through work. Physicians, nurses, faith groups and many others support this bill. Will the Senator show leadership by supporting this bill?Phone Number for Senators Serino and Marchione
State Senator Sue Serino — 518.455.2945
State Senator Kathleen Marchione — 518.455.2381
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