2005-04-01 / Community

Medicaid Cuts Threaten Local Institutions

Representatives from the largest medical care providers in Rockaway joined with Congressman Gregory Meeks Wednesday in calling for a moratorium on Medicaid cuts at a press conference held in front of the future Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center.

“It is very short sighted to cut Medicaid which is critical to the services for the most vulnerable in our population in a heavy handed, slash and burn fashion,” said Dr. Peter Nelson, Addabbo center executive director. “There are good and cost-effective solutions to reducing Medicaid costs without reducing the quality of care.”

From left to right: Addabbo Center Executive Director Dr. Peter Nelson, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Fred Simmons, representing Senator Malcolm Smith in front of the new Addabbo Center.From left to right: Addabbo Center Executive Director Dr. Peter Nelson, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Fred Simmons, representing Senator Malcolm Smith in front of the new Addabbo Center. Meeks called for a national and state-by-state dialog on the issue.

They were joined by Peninsula Hospital Center’s president and executive director, Robert Levine and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital spokesperson Penny Chin.

Each of the representatives said Medicaid is a significant revenue source and that cuts would be disastrous. Levine said Medicaid accounts for about 40 percent of PHC’s revenue.

Nelson led a tour of the new Addabbo facility, which is taking shape at 6200 Beach Channel Drive. The 22,000 square-foot building is expected to open in the late summer or fall.

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