Nearly 140 community groups, nonprofits, providers, social service organizations, and employers from across the state are urging Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie to remove Governor’s Hochul’s budget proposal, Part P of the Health and Mental Hygiene Bill (S.8007/A.9007), which would limit the number of Medicaid plans available in every region of the state and disrupt care for more than 500,000 vulnerable New Yorkers.

By 130+ Groups | March 10, 2022

March 9, 2022

Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senate Majority Leader Hon. Carl Heastie, Assembly Speaker
Room 907, LOB Room 932, LOB
Albany, NY 12247 Albany, NY 12248


Dear Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie:

On behalf of a broad group of stakeholders from across the state representing community groups, nonprofits, providers, social service organizations, and employers, we are writing to express our opposition to the Governor’s proposal (Part P of A.9007/A.8007) to reduce the number of health plans in the Medicaid program.  Part P will take away choices from patients, create havoc in the delivery system, and undercut efforts to promote health equity, and we urge you to reject this proposal.

More than 5.5 million New Yorkers rely on Medicaid managed care plans for their care.  Many of these individuals are among the state’s most at-risk residents, with multiple health conditions that require coordination of numerous services.  This includes both physical health and mental health care, long-term services and supports, as well as help coordinating social services, such as housing, employment, education, and food access.

Reducing the number of health plans will require hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to select a new plan, causing confusion for vulnerable patients and disrupting their care if they have to change providers.  The state should not make accessing care more difficult for individuals with complex health needs by causing them to change doctors if their current plan is eliminated under this proposal.

Further, Part P will leave fewer options available for communities of color.  Minority and underserved populations have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.  By limiting options in Medicaid, this proposal will undermine efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities in care.

It also will take away resources from other critical health priorities, including recertifying eligibility of Medicaid members as the public health emergency ends which is critical to ensuring that low-income New Yorkers remain covered.  Further, health plans that are not chosen as part of the proposed procurement will be forced to layoff staff or close completely, exacerbating the economic challenges many employees are facing and making it more difficult to replace the jobs that have already been lost due to the pandemic.

As organizations committed to the communities we serve, we urge you to protect patient choice for vulnerable New Yorkers who rely on the Medicaid program by rejecting inclusion of Part P in your one-house budget resolutions and opposing it in the final FY23 State Budget.



Provider Organizations

1st Class Care Services

A & J Adult DayCare

Advanced Home Care Services

Advantage Home Care

Aliah Homecare

Alissa Home Care


Americare Certified Special Services

American Business Institute

Angel’s Touch Home Care

APNA Brooklyn Community Center

At Home Solutions

Be Well Primary Health Care Center

BHRAGS Home Care Corp

Blue Line Agency

BNV Home Care Agency

Bright Horizon Prime Care

Burd Home Health

CarePro of Big Apple

CarePro of NY

Caring Adult Day Care

Caring Professionals

Carl Moore dba CNY Quality Transport

Cayuga County Office for the Aging

CenterCare Home Care Agency

Chenango Valley Home dba Chenango Valley Adult

CHI Health Center

Circle of Life Ambulette

Committed Home Care

Community Affairs Home Attendant

Consumer Directed Choices

Day Day Happy Social Daycare

Diversified Services for OT, PT, SLP & Audiology, LLC

Edible Independence

Efficient Health Careers Inc. dba Unicare Home Care

Elemental Management Group

Eli Transportation

Elite Home Health Care

Entrusted Care

FEGS Home Attendant Services

Home Attendant Services of Hyde Park

Home Health Management Services

FirstLight Home Care (Ciambella Home Care)

Five Star Medical Transportation

Fort Hudson Certified Home Health Agency

Fort Hudson Health System – Social Adult Day Care

Fort Hudson Home Care – LHCSA

Fort Hudson Nursing Center

Friends and Family Home Care Services

G&L Medical Equipment and Supplies

Golden Days Adult Day Program

Golden Empire Adult Day Care Center

Graceland HomeCare

Great Care

Happiness Daycare Center

HDA Care

Healthy Family Social Daycare

Hanmaum Daycare LLC dba Jangsu Daycare

Help Home Health Care Agency

Home Meal Service

Homecrest Community Services

Hope & Cherish Home Care

Horizon Home Care

HouseCalls Home Care


Incare Home Health Care

Infiniti Home Care dba Continental Home Care

Inspire Care of CNY

Ithaca Dispatch

K-N-K Transport

L & G Home Care Agency

La Familia Homecare

Life Care Services

Little Angel Medical Transportation

MacKay Service


Marquis Home Care

Merlmax Challenge Home Care

Mohawk Ambulance Service

Morningstar Residential Care Center

Neighborhood Health Center

Nemo Home Care, LLC dba Anchor Health Choice

North Country Home Services

Northeast Mobility Center

Oriental Senior Day Care

Palatine Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center

ParCare Community Health Network

Parent Care Home Care

People Care

Personal Touch Home Care

Platinum Home Health Care

Precious Heart Sisterhood Inc. dba Precious Heart Adult Social

Preferred Home Care of New York

R.A.I.N. Home Attendant Services

Rebecca Norman, OT

Regency of Boro Park LHCSA dba Regency Health Care

S & A Unified Home Care

Safe Haven Home Care

Senior Home Care & Alzheimer’s Solutions

Self Direct

Sobola Enterprise & Home Care Service

Southern New York Association

Speedy Medical Transportation

Sunrise Senior Service

Tender Care Professional Services

Tri-Med Home Care

Tri-Med Home Care Services

Troy Ambulance Service, Inc. dba Empire Ambulance

Trusted Choice

Upstate Homecare

Visiting Nursing Association of WNY

Weng’s Group NY, Inc dba ADJ Wisdom Home Care

X-Treme Home Care

Xincon Home Health Care

Young At Heart Adult Day Center

Zhiqing Social Adult Day Care


Community & Business Organizations

African Services Committee

Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center

American Changle Association NY

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association New York Chapter

Boro Park Jewish Community Council

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York

Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York Junior Chamber of Commerce

Chinese Community Center

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce

Delaware Opportunities

First Chinese Presbyterian

Flushing Chinese Business Association

Fordham Road Business Improvement District

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

NY Laundromat Business Association

United Chinese Association of Brooklyn

United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn

Women’s Community Justice Association


cc:       Hon. Liz Krueger, Chair, Senate Finance Committee

Hon. Helene Weinstein, Chair, Assembly Ways and Means Committee

Hon. Gustavo Rivera, Chair, Senate Health Committee

Hon. Richard Gottfried, Chair, Assembly Health Committee

Hon. Neil Breslin, Chair, Senate Insurance Committee

Hon. Kevin Cahill, Chair, Assembly Insurance Committee

Hon. Robert G. Ortt, Senate Minority Leader

Hon. William A. Barclay, Assembly Minority Leader