HEALTH CARE

  • Long before the national debate focused on health care, Governor Cuomo made New York a leader in providing greater benefits to more people at lower costs.

  • New York is the first state in the nation to require health insurers to cover all who apply, regardless of age, sex, occupation, or medical condition without discriminating against those who have been or might be sick by charging them more.

  • At the same time, New York has been a leader in controlling health costs. In fact, during the 1980's N.Y.S. experienced the lowest growth in health care costs in the nation.

  • The Governor saved 15 hospitals serving hundreds of thousands of poor and uninsured New Yorkers through a program that gives special aid to institutions serving a disproportionate number of such patients.

  • The Governor is leading the fight in Washington to get New York's fair share of Medicaid dollars. Some states receive as much as 80 percent in federal funding for Medicaid expenses but New York receives only 50 percent.

  • The Governor created the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program, "EPIC", to ensure that all seniors can afford the medication they need. The program has more than 90,000 participants, with plans to expand. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, "SNAP", ensures that 30,000 elderly New Yorkers receive critical nutrition assistance to combat malnutrition and related illness. The Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program, provides in-home non-medical services to 40,000 seniors.

  • The nation's first state program to provide out-patient health insurance to disadvantaged children, Child Health Plus, has benefited more than 60,000 youngsters who otherwise would not be adequately covered. That program is now being expanded and will eventually cover 100,000 children.

  • The Governor's successful prenatal assistance program has expanded health care to hundreds of thousands of working poor and pregnant women, who might not otherwise have been able to afford health care.

  • The Governor has been the national leader in attacking the deadly AIDS epidemic, investing more than any other state in AIDS treatment and prevention. The state was the first to create an AIDS Institute to help those infected and to provide leadership in searching for a cure. The Governor has also saved the state millions in Medicaid costs by paying insurance premiums for AIDS victims when they can no longer afford them, and paying rent subsidies that prevent them from becoming homeless as their health deteriorates and their income dwindles.