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78 Human Services and Community-Based Organizations Call on Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie to Pass NYHA This Session


78 Human Services and Community-Based Organizations Call on Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie to Pass NYHA This Session


CPC and Human Services Council organized the below letter of 78 human services and community-based organizations in support of the New York Health Act. The bill has majority support in both houses, with one more day in session left for it to come to a vote on the floor. The organizations signing on urge the State to pass this bill by the end of session, guaranteeing healthcare for all New Yorkers. 




Dear Assembly Speaker Heastie & Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins,


We, the undersigned group of human service organizations across New York, are in support of the New York Health Act, which would ensure that every New Yorker regardless of immigration status has access to comprehensive and affordable health care. We urge you to ensure that this bill comes to a floor vote and passed before the end of this legislative session.


1.7 million New Yorkers are currently uninsured, over a million of whom live in New York City. The average cost to individuals and families has continued to rise to over $17,500 on average, even with a high average deductible of $2,200. Health care costs have risen at a rate that outstrips income growth, roughly doubling as a percentage against income since 2008 for individuals that purchase insurance through their employers. Burdensome costs and lack of access ultimately mean that many New Yorkers do not receive the care they need. At the same time, healthcare costs are ballooning in New York State, growing over $300 billion by 2020, while our health outcomes are among the worst in the nation.  


Many of us working in the human services sector as well as our clients lack high quality health care options. According to the People’s Report on Healthcare in New York State, “a striking number of respondents faced cost barriers and inadequate coverage that prevented medical care. 50% of all privately insured respondents reported skipping or delaying at least one type of care because of cost.” This is precisely why we need to pass the New York Health Act as it will provide all New Yorkers affordable and comprehensive health care. At this moment, during an unprecedented health crisis, we need to ensure that access to quality health care is not a burden. Throughout this pandemic, we have been essential workers working on the frontlines, risking our health to ensure that our community members receive the care that they need. To seek health services should not be an obstacle to navigate for us or our community members.


The New York Health Act would tremendously help social services organizations and our staff, who are chronically underfunded and underpaid to deliver critical services. Social services staff are chronically underpaid, and half are eligible for the same benefits that they enroll their community members in. This is a workforce that represents nearly 20% of New York State jobs, and is primarily made up of women (80%) and people of color (60%). Despite being offered employer sponsored insurance, most still cannot afford healthcare. Many staff members in the human services sector report not being able to afford the $60/month insurance cost, and say that they certainly could not afford the copays on top of it, so avoid seeking medical care.


For human service employers, the cost has risen 92% over the past decade. High costs of health insurance translate to lower wages, reduced benefits, more restrictive health coverage eligibility and less affordability for employees to take up insurance. In social services agencies, constrained by underfunded government contracts, and providing nonprofit services, this is even more stark. What it ultimately means is that we cannot afford to provide the health insurance that our staff cannot afford to have. If the New York Health Act were passed, human services organizations could save millions of dollars while providing better quality health care to staff. Given that social service organizations rely on contract funding on the State and local level to be able to operate, we would be saving money and would be able to allocate more funds into other crucial programs and services.


The New York Health Act will build a long-term system that would serve the needs of our most vulnerable communities and we need to immediately pass this bill to provide care that our communities have been far too long deprived of. This legislation would create a truly affordable and equitable health care system for all. It is also an essential part of a just pandemic recovery and we urge you to make sure that the New York Health Act is passed before the end of the 2021 legislative session.




82nd Street Academics

Academy of Medical & Public Health Services

AIDS Center of Queens County

Ali Forney Center

Alliance for Quality Education

Arab-American Family Support Center

Barrier Free Living Inc.

Boys' Club of New York


Bronx Community College

Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC, Inc.


Carroll Gardens Association

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans, Inc. (CIANA).

Children's Village

Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)

Chinese Methodist Center Corporation

Citymeals on Wheels

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment

Community Access, Inc.

Comunilife, Inc

Covenant House New York

Empire State Indivisible

Encore Community Services


Girl Vow

Good Shepherd Services

Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition

Hamilton-Madison House


Hetrick-Martin Institute

Homeless Services United

Human Services Council

India Home

Inwood House @ Children’s Village

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement

Jewel Human Services Inc.

Laal NYC

Lantern Community Services

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Literacy Assistance Center

Lutheran Social Services of NY

Martin De Porres Youth and Family Services

Mekong NYC

MinKwon Center for Community Action

Mixteca Organization, Inc.

Nazareth Housing Inc.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Memory Center

Nonprofit Finance Fund

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

NYC Employment and Training Coalition

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Outreach Development Corp

People’s Theatre Project

Polonians Organized to Minister to Our Community, Inc. (POMOC)

Power of Two, Project of the Fund for the City of New York

Pride Center of Staten Island

Project Renewal, Inc.

Retiree Advocate/UFT

RiseBoro Community Partnership

Rising Ground, Inc.


Sampreshan Inc

Sanctuary for Families

Sheltering Arms

Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation

St Nicks Alliance.org

St. Francis Friends of the Poor

Sunnyside Community Services

Supportive Housing Network of NY

The Fortune Society

The Korean American Family Service Center

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Inc.

Urban Pathways