7.28 – Public Hearing on Health Care Safety Net in Brooklyn


Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team has created a 5-person subcommittee called The Health Systems Redesign: Brooklyn Workgroup. The group is to “assess the strengths and weaknesses of Brooklyn hospitals and their future viability.” The team is chaired by the same man who closed several hospitals in medically underserved communities across New York.

Don’t let Brooklyn be the next target for hospital and health service cuts and closures!


Location: NYC Auditorium of the New York City College of Technology, Klitgord Center

285 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Date: Thursday July 28th, 2011

Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm


Join us as we tell the Brooklyn Workgroup that health care should be:

LOCAL – Brooklyn needs health care services and jobs that are local and can give health and stability to the neighborhood

APPROPRIATE – Brooklyn is a diverse and dynamic community and health care should be the same. That means care that is culturally competent and in languages people can understand.

ACCESSIBLE – If people can’t get to the doctor, they delay treatment, and get sicker. This is not only bad for patients but bad for business as sick people patients cost more than healthy ones. Cutting vital health care resources in Brooklyn mean patients have to travel farther for care and are more likely to not get it.

FAIR – Health care cuts are understandable, but not understandable are cuts that will disproportionately affect Medicaid consumers, the uninsured and safety net health care providers. These are the communities and institutions that most need these resources and more cuts will be devastating.

OPEN – Any public funds should be distributed in an open way, especially charity care dollars that are meant to care for the uninsured.

REPRESENTATIVE – Most of these decisions are being made by people who have no connection, insight or accountability to Brooklyn communities. The people these decisions affect should have a voice at the table.


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