OPPOSE SHIFT IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AUTHORITY – Part L of S2007/A3007 Health and Mental Hygiene Bill

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OPPOSE SHIFT IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AUTHORITY

Part L of S2007/A3007

Health and Mental Hygiene Bill

The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families as well as our retirees and their families, opposes the above referenced legislation.

This proposal would establish an appointed Health Care Regulation Modernization team that would have broad authority with regard to health care delivery. Changes could impact hospitals, nursing homes, home health care, alcohol and substance abuse, mental health and many other facilities and services. The proposal goes far beyond regulatory review and recommendations and would allow the Commissioners of Health, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services and Mental Health tremendous latitude in implementing health care changes without legislative approval.

The proposal would allow unelected officials unprecedented authority to determine health care policy in the state. This opens the door to establishing private, for profit hospitals in New York State, allows changes to the certificate-of-need process with regard to approving health care facilities and it would allow changes to the licensing and certification of health care professionals all without legislative approval.    

All of the issues outlined above have been rejected by the legislature in the past with good reason. Given the impact that these issues have on health care and state finances this decision making authority should not be transferred away from the legislature under any circumstance.

Therefore, this Federation urges this proposal be defeated.

For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.