A Letter From Jason Helgerson, New York State Medicaid Director

March 22, 2017

Fellow New Yorker,

As New York’s Medicaid Director, I couldn’t be more appalled by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care plan.

This bill would take health care away from 2.7 million New Yorkers, and cost state taxpayers $6.9 billion in additional costs. It’s a cynical ploy that affects all New Yorkers and will be the biggest blow to health care in our state’s history. Worse still, Congressmen Chris Collins and John Faso have proposed an amendment that hurts New Yorkers even more and is against the interest of their constituents and all New Yorkers.

If New Yorkers join together and make our voices heard we can still defeat this attack on our health care system. The House of Representatives plans to vote on this devastating legislation tomorrow — so we need New Yorkers like you to speak out now.

Call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your representative and say vote NO on the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. You can also look up your representative and find out more information on how to contact them up here.

The more we learn about repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the sicker New York gets. I’ve been crunching the numbers, and I won’t mince words: New Yorkers face dire circumstances if this bill passes. Here’s a look at the numbers:

  • 2.7 million New Yorkers will lose coverage
  • New York’s total loss in funding would amount to $6.9 billion
  • Nursing Home Payments would be cut by $401 million
  • Home care payments would be cut by $360 million
  • Hospital payments would be cut by $355 million

With this attack on our health care, they’ve declared war on New York, and we need to stand up and show them New Yorkers won’t be pushed around.

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Will you call your member of Congress now and tell them to vote NO on the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? Call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your representative now.

Thank you for pushing back against this dangerous piece of legislation.


Jason Helgerson
New York State Medicaid Director

Via New York State Executive Chamber

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