Upstate Healthcare Coalition
The Upstate Healthcare Coalition represents 69 hospitals across 41 counties in New York.
The Iroquois Healthcare Association and Pandion Healthcare: Education & Advocacy are working together as part of an Upstate Healthcare Coalition to advocate on behalf of Upstate New York’s hospitals and healthcare systems.
The Coalition is strongly opposed to government-mandated nurse staffing ratios.
Proposed legislation – A.2954 Gunther/S.1032 Rivera – would impose government-mandated nurse staffing ratios on New York State hospitals and nursing homes, jeopardizing access to care without improving quality or patient outcomes. Mandated nurse staffing ratios will decimate our already fragile hospitals and healthcare systems throughout Upstate New York.
Our urban, rural and suburban hospitals are the backbone of our communities. We are the employers, the caregivers and the lifeline for Upstate New York citizens. To add more government mandates for our Upstate safety-net hospitals would decimate entire communities.
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The FACTS About Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios
Massachusetts voters had a say about this issue and they overwhelmingly voted NO to mandated nurse staffing ratios. Unfortunately, New Yorkers won’t get that same chance – it’s all up to our elected officials. Our Upstate New York hospitals and healthcare systems need SUPPORT, not more MANDATES. Tell your legislators and the Governor that more mandates on our Upstate safety-net providers ISN’T FAIR and ISN’T the ANSWER.
SAMPLE LETTER TO LEGISLATORS
Customize this letter and send to your local legislators detailing the devastating impacts this proposed legislation would have on your organization and the community at large.
Use these talking points in discussions with state lawmakers, press/media, employees, patients, and the general public.
CURRENT IHA MEMO IN OPPOSITION
Read IHA’s current Memo in Opposition to this legislation.