For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Silk, 518.782.9400, ext 224
LATHAM, March 9, 2010 — The New York State Nurses Association joins the American Nurses Association in urging Congress to pass the historic healthcare reform bill this Sunday.
The Nurses Association has championed healthcare reform for decades, believing that access to healthcare is a basic human right. The bill currently before the House would cut the deficit by $130 billion in the first decade, $1.2 trillion in the second decade and, most importantly, extend health insurance coverage to 31 million people. Insurance companies would no longer be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and so-called lifetime caps on coverage would be banned.
“Although we recognize that the bill falls short of a comprehensive overhaul, it will enact significant reforms necessary to move our healthcare system in the right direction to meet the needs of all Americans,” said Tina Gerardi, CEO New York State Nurses Association.
The bill also includes provisions for public health and nursing education funding, a necessary step towards easing the ever-growing nursing shortage.
The Nurses Association urges those undecided in Congress to vote yes on this significant legislation.
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is the state's largest professional association and largest union for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.
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