2019 state advocacy priorities
- Build on health coverage expansion successes
- Support a strong and modernized workforce, not rigid staffing ratios
- Address behavioral health and substance abuse crisis
- Ensure stable insurance markets and health plan oversight
- Reform malpractice laws
The Suburban Hospital Alliance strongly opposes the New York Health Act, which would replace the current system with state-administered coverage for all New Yorkers, including for those currently covered by Medicare and employer-provided insurance.
The Suburban Hospital Alliance opposes the “Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act,” which would legislate mandatory staffing levels that every provider would be required to maintain without any flexibility to account for the severity of their patients’ illnesses or the skill set and experience levels of their workforce. Appropriate staffing levels should be determined by nurse leaders in consultation with their nursing workforce, not by legislators.
Emergency rooms are crowded with patients in crisis for whom insufficient resources are available in the community to address their needs. The Suburban Hospital Alliance urges legislators to increase Medicaid reimbursement, allowing institutions to invest in increased inpatient capacity, promote the growth of community-based care providers and increase the behavioral health workforce. We also encourage increased regulatory flexibility to establish new models of care.
The Suburban Hospital Alliance urges strong oversight of the stability of New York’s health plans and their market conduct and supports the establishment of a health insurance guaranty fund to ensure providers and patients are not harmed if a health plan fails.
The Suburban Hospital Alliance urges the Legislature to restore fairness to New York’s malpractice laws. Medical liability laws should balance patients’ rights to fair compensation for genuine injuries against the need for rational procedures and limitations to make malpractice premiums affordable.