We support this call to action from our colleagues at CHCANYS because
making this funding whole will help insure that Mental Health clinics and
other Article 31 Mental Health providers continue to get reimbursed
appropriately for their services

Policy/Advocacy News

Immediate Action Needed: Contact Your NYS Senators and Assembly Members
re: Uncompensated Care Pool Funding

Please reach out to your NYS Senators and Assembly Members immediately and
ask them to urge Senate and Assembly leadership to include $54.4 million in
contingency funding in the FY 2016-17 NYS Budget to compensate for the
shortfall in 2015 Clinic Uncompensated Care Pool (UCP) federal funding. Final
budget negotiations are currently underway, so time is of the essence!

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, both the Senate and the Assembly included
proposals in their one-house bills to allocate $54.4 million in contingency
funding in the event that CMS does not renew the UCP federal match.
However, State funds for health care projects are very tight and with
competing priorities, we need to ensure that this contingency funding is
seen as a priority budget item for the Legislature. Given the fast pace of
the negotiations now taking place, it is extremely important that you call
your NYS Senators and Assembly Members *TODAY* and tell them:

– Please speak with Senate/Assembly leadership immediately about the
importance of allocating $54.4 million in contingency funding for the
Clinic Uncompensated Care Pool (UCP) in the final FY 2016-17 budget, as
proposed in the one-house bill.
– The Governor’s FY 2016-17 Executive budget includes the $54.4 million
state share of UCP funding for 2016-17. However, there is currently a $54.4
million gap in funding because the UCP federal match expired at the end of
2014 and the State has not secured an extension from CMS for 2015 or beyond.
– The UCP is comprised of state funding with equal federal matching
funding. Since 2011, the pool has totaled $108 million – $54.4 million in
state funding and $54.4 million in federal funding.
– Nearly 25% FQHCs and other community-based providers that rely on
these funds are currently experiencing operational deficits. Unless the
State allocates $54.4 million in contingency funding to fill the 2015 gap,
these health centers will be forced to reduce staff, eliminate expansion
plans and/or limit clinic hours.

– These changes will hurt the most vulnerable New Yorkers and reduce
access to care at a time when New York State is seeking to expand access to
primary care services, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, and improve
health outcomes.

With assistance from Congress, CHCANYS is currently applying pressure on
CMS to expedite its decision regarding renewal of this match, but we are
also seeking contingency funding from the State to make health centers
whole in the event that the federal funds continue to be delayed or are not
approved. Conversations are happening very quickly, and your immediate
assistance on this matter is critical. Help us ensure that New York’s
FQHCs have the resources necessary to provide high-quality primary care to
all patients who walk through their doors, regardless of insurance status –
call your NYS Senators and Assembly Members *NOW*!

Please reach out to me at bgrossman@chcanys.org or Lacey Clarke at
lclarke@chcanys.org with any questions.

Thank you,

Beverly Grossman
Senior Policy Director

Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS)
111 Broadway, Suite 1402, New York, NY 10006 | 212-279-9686
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