Alliance Advocacy Center

NYS Senator James L. Seward (R-50), right, with NYSBHA members Chris Kjolhede, MD and Jane Hamilton, RN of Bassett Healthcare at NYSBHA’s Advocacy Day event in Albany February 2020.

Our Advocacy Priorities

Save New York's SBHCs in the 2020-2021 NYS Budget From Newly Proposed Cuts!

  • SBHCs are in financial crisis. Sustained funding for SBHCs benefit the children, families, and economy of the State.
  • Contact Governor Cuomo and ask him to hold SBHCs harmless in the final 2020-21 State Budget, subject to new reductions due to COVID-19. See our Current Advocacy Alert below.
  • Maintain the $20,921,000 in funds provided in the 2020-21 proposed State Executive Budget.

Support SBHC Carve-Out Legislation A09894/S07812

  • Through legislative and regulatory efforts, we aim to create opportunities to expand innovative models, demonstrate the impact of SBHCs to the health care and education sectors, and maximize reimbursement to promote fiscal sustainability.
  •  Support Legislation  A09894 / S07812 to protect the choice of each SBHC to operate either carved-out from Medicaid managed care or participating in Medicaid managed care.

Support the Preservation of Medicaid

  • We oppose any changes to Medicaid financing that would reduce children’s access to the comprehensive, robust health benefit mandated under current federal law.
  • With that, we advocate to hold SBHCs harmless from any Medicaid Cuts in the 2020-21 State Budget.

To learn more about the 340B proposal, CLICK HERE.

To read the Ryan White Clinic’s letter to the legislature opposing the 340B proposal, CLICK HERE.

Advocacy Center

Interested in advocating for New York’s SBHCs? Follow the steps below to effectively advocate for the issues we support!

1. Find your Assembly Member

Follow the button and input your street address and zip code to find your New York State Assembly Representative.

Visit your Assembly member’s page and locate the  “Contact Me” button on the left to gather the phone numbers, email address, and contact form for your Assembly Member.

2. Find your Senator

Follow the button and input your street address and zip code to find your New York State Senator.

Click the button “Message Senator” and follow site instructions to create and account and send your Senator a message.

3. Make your voice heard!

Follow our phone, email, and tweet scripts when you contact your representatives and advocate for New York School-Based Health Centers about our current priorities.

For any further questions or concerns regarding advocacy, contact us at: nysbha@gmail.com

Youth Advocacy

Interested in having your sbhc students get more involved? Follow the link (going live late spring or summer 2020) to see how they can share their SBHC stories and more!