Coalition Letter: Time to Pass the New York Health Act, Coverage For All, and End Medical Debt

Dear Governor Hochul, Majority Leader Stewart Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie,

We, the undersigned group of unions, grassroots organizations, and community-based organizations across New York State call on the Governor and the Legislature to take long overdue action to meet urgent healthcare needs of New Yorkers in 2022: passing Coverage for All, the End Medical Debt bills, and passing the New York Health Act. 

The past two years of the global pandemic have shown what we have long known: that our current system is deeply inadequate to meet our healthcare needs. Affordable, accessible, and comprehensive healthcare is crucial for the immediate as well as long-term recovery for our communities. 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.” In fact, national studies have found that at least 1 in 3 COVID deaths and 40% of COVID infections were tied to lack of adequate insurance. 

Making things even worse, New York’s largest hospital system sued more than 2,500 patients after the pandemic hit. New Yorkers should never have to choose between life or death because of fear of immigration status, affordability, or previous medical costs. If the challenges of the pandemic have taught us anything, it is that healthcare is a human right and we cannot afford to prioritize profit over human lives.  

We need to ensure that every single New Yorker is free from the burden of medical costs and has guaranteed health coverage. That means meeting immediate needs, and transforming our healthcare system to ensure that healthcare is universal, guaranteed, and comprehensive for all. New York State can lead the way by passing three critical measures this session:

  • Enact Coverage for All (A880/S1572), which would expand Essential Plan coverage to low-income and immigrant New Yorkers, providing much needed immediate relief to New Yorkers who lack any coverage.
  • Pass the End Medical Debt bill package: These bills would end the predatory medical debt practices that burden families with undue and surprise medical costs. A7363/S6522 would prevent providers from garnishing wages or putting a lien on people’s homes, A3470B/S2521B would prohibit facility and other “surprise” fees for preventive care visits, and A8441 would ensure that New Yorkers are aware of financial assistance options. 
  • Pass the New York Health Act (A6058/S5474): to create a universal healthcare system that will ensure that every single New Yorker has comprehensive and affordable healthcare, including long-term care, and begin a path to implement it.  

New Yorkers are experiencing a healthcare crisis unlike ever before - tens of thousands of new COVID cases each day, mounting medical debt burdening working families, and thousands of residents uninsured or underinsured. The state legislature must pass the Coverage 4 All and the End Medical debt bills in the budget to address these urgent issues, and must pass the New York Health Act by the end of this legislative session to transform our healthcare system to guarantee universal coverage as a right to all New Yorkers. 


Campaign for New York Health Steering Committee

Campaign for New York Health 

Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)

Citizen Action of New York

Community Service Society of New York 

Democratic Socialists of America (NYC)

For the Many

Labor-Religion Coalition

Make the Road New York

Metro Justice Rochester

Metro New York Health Care for All

New York Progressive Action Network

New York State Nurses Association

Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition

New York Working Families Party 



Academy of Medical & Public Health Services, Inc.


African Services Committee

Anti-Racism Committee and Episcopal Diocese of New York

Arab-American Family Support Center

Black Lives Matter Brooklyn

Bronx Park East Community Association-BPECA

Broome Tioga Green Party

Building Bridges in Brookhaven

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Capital District Alliance for Universal Health Care

Care Packages for the Homeless

Caribbean Equality Project

Carroll Gardens Association

CCoHope Indivisible

Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY

CGDSA - Kacee Womack

Chhaya Community Development Corporation

Children's Defense Fund - New York

Chinese Progressive Association

Christ Church Riverdale Social Justice Ministry

Círculo de la Hispanidad

Citizens of Hudson

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

Coalition for Economic Justice

Coalition For Family Justice 501(c)3

Columbia-Greene Democratic Socialists of America

Commission on the Public's Health System

Committee of Inters and Residents SEIU

Community League of The Heights Inc.

Community Voices Heard

Concerned Citizens For Change

Crown Heights Tenant Union

Dance Artists National Collective

Democratic Socialists of America (Buffalo Local)

Democratic Socialists of America (High Peaks)

Disabled in Action of Greater Syracuse Inc.

DSI International Inc

Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance

Eastern Southern Tier Poor People's Campaign Committee

Emerald Isle Immigration Center

Empire State Indivisible

Fifth Avenue Committee

Finger Lakes 4 New York Health, Empire State Indivisible

Forestdale, Inc.

Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research (FIAR)

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies)

Gowri Parameswaran

Grand St. Settlement

Grassroots Action New York

Gray Panthers NYC

Green Party of New York

Greenwich House


Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network

Healthcare Equity Action League of New York

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Hispanic Federation

Housing and Services, Inc.

Hudson Valley Demands New York Health

India Home

Indivisible Mohawk Valley

Indivisible Nation BK

Innovation in Higher Education

Jacobs School Students for a National Health Program

Jewel Human Services Inc.

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ)

Julie Wegener Piano Studio

Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice

Korean Community Services

La Colmena

Laal NYC

Labor Activists for NY Health

League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, New York

Literacy Assistance Center

Long Island Activists

Long Island Progressive Coalition

Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.

Manhattan Progressive Action Network

MD Sandra Turner

Medicaid Matters NY

Mekong NYC

MinKwon Center for Community Action

Mixteca Organization, Inc.

NAACP New York State Conference

Nassau County DSA

National Action Network Political Action Committee

National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC)

National Women's Liberation

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New York Public Interest Research Group

New York State Council of Churches

New York State Poor People's Campaign

No. Country Access to Health Care Committee

Nonprofit Finance Fund

North American Climate, Conservation and Environment(NACCE)

North Country NYPAN

Northwest Bronx Indivisible

NY Indivisible

NY Metro Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism

NY02 Indivisible

NYCD16 Indivisible

NYPAN Greene

NYPAN of the Southern Finger Lakes

Osborn Unlimited

Our Revolution


PEER: Progressive East End Reformers


People's Theatre Project

Phoebe Brown

Physicians for a National Health Program - New York Metro

PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program)

Polonians Organized to Minister to Our Community, Inc.

Positive Action Mohawk Valley

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

Pride Center of Staten Island

Professional Nurses Association of Ulster County

Progressive American Community Empowerment

Progressive Women of NY

Public Issues Committee, Long Island Council of Churches

Putnam Progressives

Queens Public Library

Reproductive Health Access Project, New York Chapter

Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga

Rise and Resist

Rockland United

Roxbury Wine and Spirits

Sakhi for South Asian Women

Sampreshan Inc

Saratoga Health Committee Saratoga Progressive Action

Saratoga Immigration Coalition

Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation

Small Yet Elegant Events

SNaHP - Downstate Health Sciences University

Social Concerns Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of New York

Solidarity Committee of the Capital District

South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS)

South Central Brooklyn United for Progress

Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center

Students for a National Health Plan (SUNY Upstate)

Suffolk Progressives

Syracuse Peace Council

The Actors Fund

The Korean American Family Service Center

Time's Up!

Together We Will Long Island

Tompkins County Progressives

Treatment Action Group

Troy Area Labor Council

Ulster Activists

Union of Black Episcopalians New York Chapter

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Glens Falls

United Neighborhood Houses

Upper Hudson Green Party

Uptown Progressive Action

Urban Pathways

Welcome Home Midwifery

WESPAC Foundation, Inc.

Westchester Citizen Therapists

Westchester for Change

Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health

WNY Healthcare for All

Woodside on the Move

Worker Justice Center of New York

Workers' Center of Central New York

Young Invincibles

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