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May 31, 2017

FPWA Calls for Support of New York Health Act

Message from the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
(NYCON does not have an official position on this legislation at this time.)

The New York Health Act (S4840/A4738) is legislation that would implement truly universal, single-payer health care and eliminate financial barriers to care, while allowing people to go to the doctor and hospital of their choice. It has passed in the Assembly already. Brian Benjamin just won the senate special election in District 30, which brings the total number of Senate sponsors to 31. That means that we are just one Senate vote and one Governor’s signature away from being the first state in the US to have universal health care.

So how do we make this happen? Here are a few things you can do:

  • Sign onto our nonprofit letter, which will get delivered to all Senators- please sign on by Tuesday, June 6th.
  • We would like to gather as many memos of support as possible!  We’ve put together draft language which you can edit as needed and put on your organizational letter head.  Please return to us no later than Tuesday, June 6th.
  • Call your Senators- the three people who have the power right now are Senators John Flanagan (Majority Leader), Kemp Hannon (Health Committee Chair), and Catherine Young (Finance Committee Chair), who will determine if the bill gets to a vote. We are also targeting Senators Simcha Felder and Marty Golden to sign on as co-sponsors.  Even if they aren’t your senators, we encourage you to call anyway!  We need to flood their offices and let them know New Yorkers care. Then, call your Senator and either thank them for cosponsoring or urge them to do so. You can see where your Senator stands here. There is a statewide call-in day on Friday, June 2nd, and you can sign up here.
  • Join us for a Rally at Senator Marty Golden’s office on Wednesday May 31st from 4:30pm to 6:30 pm. The location is 7408 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. You can RSVP here.

Want to learn more about NYHA? Check out (and share) these infographics. Feel free to reach out to Carlyn Cowen with any questions.


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