Governor Cuomo Please Protect Funding to Prevent Cancer
Dear [Decision Maker],
I urge you to continue prioritizing the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers by continuing to fund the state's public health programs and Medicaid. While in the throes of a global health crisis, we should not be defunding programs that reduce the morbidity and mortality of chronic disease and provide critical health care coverage to New York's most vulnerable residents. Sadly, 40% of New York adults suffer from a chronic disease and six out of every 10 deaths in New York are caused by one of these diseases. New Yorkers cannot afford to live without these vital health programs. Moreover, many of these programs are specifically designed to assist low income populations. Removing access to vital preventative health services for these communities perpetuates existing health disparities. Any reduction in funding to these already underfunded public health programs would have drastic impacts on the health of New Yorkers. Therefore, we respectfully request that the following programs maintain their funding: the Cancer Services Program, Tobacco Control Program, Obesity and Diabetes Programs, and community-based programs focused on improving health outcomes.Furthermore, access to timely and affordable health care is essential to curbing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the health of all Americans, especially those with underlying health conditions, like cancer or heart disease, who are at heightened risk. More than seven million low-income and disabled children, adults, and seniors rely on New York State's Medicaid program in order to receive health care coverage and access to the health care system. Many newly uninsured workers will be looking to Medicaid to allow them to get health care if they need it and to protect their families financially if they get sick. As a concerned New Yorker, I urge you maintain Medicaid funding and to preserve the funding provided for the public health programs in the FY 2020-2021 budget.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]