Action Alert: Support Community Healthcare!

[lead]Tell Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Skelos to remove the proposed 340b language from the NYS budget![/lead]

Ending AIDS requires maintaining government support for community health care. Congress enacted the 340B drug-pricing law to enable covered entities, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to “stretch scarce Federal resources as far as possible.” The Governor’s budget currently includes proposals that would eliminate 340B revenue. These changes would undercut resources for Ryan White providers and FQHCs, which serve many of the same at-risk populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. That would mean diminished health-care access for our most marginalized citizens, and ultimately it undermines the Ending the Epidemic goals. For this reason, the HIV/AIDS community is urging the NY Legislature to remove the proposed 340B language from the budget.

Please send the following message to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senator Dean Skelos as soon as possible:

SUBJECT HEADING [for emails]: 
Remove the proposed 340b language from the budget!

MESSAGE [for emails and phone calls]:
I am (calling/writing) to urge the (Senate/Assembly/Governor) to preserve 340B pharmaceutical rebates for FQHCs and Ryan White providers. These providers, including Housing Works, typically serve the publicly insured, uninsured, and underinsured populations across the State and use the revenue generated through the 340B program to fund things such as extended clinic hours, home delivery of medications, and additional clinic staff. If we want to end AIDS as an epidemic, we cannot cut essential resources to the community health care providers that are currently serving the most marginalized communities.

Support community health care! Remove the proposed 340b language from the NYSbudget! #AIDSFreeNY2020 NYGOVCUOMO CARLHEASTIE @SENATORSKELOS [Click to tweet]

Governor Andrew Cuomo
To send a message:
Tweet: @NYGovCuomo

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie:

Senator Dean Skelos
Tweet: @senatorskelos

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