2002-01-26 / Community

New Health Care for New York

New Health Care for New York

More than $4 billion extra in health care will go to New York over the next few years, in a major new financing plan passed by the states Legislature last week.

The package includes funding for raising salaries and benefits for the employees of both hospitals and nursing homes. Medicaid coverage for breast and cervical cancer will be extended also, and a new program for allowing disabled New Yorkers to work without forfeiting their health care coverage will launch at a date not yet specified.

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, (D-Queens) loudly supported the plan. " As a public official, I have always considered adequate support for our health care system a top priority, both in god times and bad." he said. "It was an honor to cast my vote in favor of this program, and to stand up for the improved heath and well being of all New Yorkers in years to come."

The bill will also continue existing programs like Child Health Plus and Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC).

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