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Hospital leaders push for state regulation reform

Hospital and health system leaders from across New York State converged in Albany this week to call on legislators to protect their communities’ access to health care services and push for much needed reforms to state regulations.

The event was part of the Healthcare Association of New York State’s annual Health Care Leadership Advocacy Day.

“Health care providers are the very center of their communities, providing 24-hour life-saving care and serving as economic engines, generating $107.9 billion for state and local economies annually,” said HANYS President Daniel Sisto.

He said in the last three years alone, New York’s providers have experienced nearly $22 billion in state and federal Medicaid and Medicare cuts. In addition, hospitals lose 26 cents on every dollar of Medicaid care they provide due to artificially low reimbursement rates.

Health care providers from across the state urged legislators to help craft sound health care policy, and eliminate unnecessary regulations that hinder innovation.