Access to health care is a civil and human right, and it is essential that no one is left behind. But the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted systemic pre-existing inequities in health care. The need for higher Medicaid reimbursement rates is especially urgent given the State’s worsening mental health crisis, as woefully inadequate Medicaid payments for mental health services have resulted in a severe shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds and mental health professionals. The Healthcare Education Project—a joint initiative of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)—is calling on Albany to “Close the Medicaid Coverage Gap” by increasing chronically low Medicaid reimbursement rates that have disproportionately harmed New York’s most vulnerable communities.
Join us for our virtual event the morning of Friday, February 24, when we gather policymakers, advocates, community leaders, industry experts, academics, and the media to discuss these important issues.
Panelists & Sponsored Speakers
Jamila Michener, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Cornell Center for Health Equity
David Grabowski, Ph.D.
Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Sabina Lim M.D., MPH
System VP for Behavioral Health Safety and Quality, Mount Sinai Healthcare System
GNYHA President & CEO
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Secretary-Treasurer
Opening Remarks by City & State
Welcome Remarks by Kenneth Raske, GNYHA President and CEO
Remarks by Milly Silva, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Secretary-Treasurer
Panel: The Urgent Need for Mental Health Services and Higher Medicaid Reimbursement Rates
Closing Remarks by City & State
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