Syracuse Mayor and Community Leaders Take a Stand for ‘Care, Not Chaos’ as Millions of Americans Face Sudden Loss in Healthcare

Repealing Affordable Care Act, gutting Medicaid and Medicare would create epic healthcare crisis

Syracuse, NY – Today, January 19, Mayor Stephanie Miner, frontline healthcare workers, community leaders, and Syracuse area residents will add their voices to the growing chorus across the state sounding the alarm about what’s at stake as Donald Trump and Congressional leaders move to eliminate affordable healthcare coverage, including vital Medicaid benefits and services.  If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, tens of millions of children, seniors, and working adults including 75,269 living in the Syracuse area will be at risk for losing coverage.1 Central New York’s community leaders are calling on Congress to fix what is broken in the healthcare system, and leave in place provisions that have proven to help millions of Americans.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Southwest Community Center – 401 South Ave, Syracuse, NY 13204
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, healthcare consumers, healthcare workers, and community activists

Here’s what’s at stake for Syracuse, if the ACA is repealed without an immediate replacement:

  • Over 45,682 Onondaga County residents will lose coverage by 2019. [Urban Institute]
  • 75,269 residents in CD24 will be at risk for losing coverage.1 This includes over 50,000 with Medicaid coverage, 8,024 with Essential plan coverage, and 7,586 with private plans purchased through the ACA marketplace.2
  • 52 million Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied health insurance. [Urban Institute]
  • Rolling back Medicaid expansion and block-granting the program could put 72 million low income people, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, in danger of losing health coverage. [Families USA]
  • Hospitals could lose more than $165 billion between 2018 and 2026, leading to an “unprecedented public health crisis.” [Federation of American Hospitals (FHA); American Hospital Association (AHA)]
  • The estimated direct state budget impact of the repeal is $3.7 billion. New York’s counties have been able to use the additional federal Medicaid funding through the Affordable Care Act, which goes to directly to counties and helps to lower property taxes. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would result in a total loss of $595 million in funding.  Counties in Rep. Katko’s district will potentially lose $12 million in state funding.

“We have seen the Affordable Care Act succeed in our community, providing healthcare for thousands of people who need it, including young entrepreneurs working at startups, those with pre-existing conditions, and women,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “Leaders in this community, in labor, and in healthcare must do whatever we can to protect the Affordable Care Act from those who seek to undermine it and taking away insurance from 20 million Americans.”

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  1.     Governor Cuomo Announces Impact of Potential Affordable Care Act Repeal in New York [Internet]. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. 2017 [cited 2017 Jan 6]. Available from: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-impact-potential-affordable-care-act-repeal-new-york
  2.     2016 Open Enrollment Report | NY State of Health [Internet]. [cited 2016 Oct 6]. Available from: http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/2016OpenEnrollmentReport

 

Allison Krause
Communications Coordinator, Upstate/Western New York
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
250 S. Clinton St., Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13202