A New York City councilman is calling on the state government to stop the clock on fixing a problem that’s causing thousands of people to have chronic health problems, such as low-grade fever and chills, after the council passed a bill last week.
In a letter sent to New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, Councilman Paul Pisarcik (D-Brooklyn) said the bill would be “unwise” if it did not include an option to help people with chronic health issues, such in New York’s Bronx.
“A large majority of New Yorkers are living with chronic illness,” Pisarcilk wrote.
“Many are struggling with debilitating health problems such as COPD, obesity, asthma, and cancer.”
Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pisarcilks letter comes a day after New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that the state is looking into whether Cuomo’s administration violated state laws by failing to adequately implement the health care reform law.
“The lack of funding for treatment, early intervention and treatment management has caused many New Yorkers to live with chronic conditions that do not respond to treatment, and we have heard from hundreds of thousands of New Yorkans,” Schneiderman said in a statement on Tuesday.
“As a result, thousands of patients with chronic illnesses are not receiving the health and treatment services they need.”
The councilman also pointed to New Yorkers who have died of COVID-19, and called for the state to take action to ensure they’re treated and receive appropriate care.
“I am writing to urge the governor and the state legislature to stop making it easier for the sick and dying to die,” Pisacielk wrote in his letter.
“The fact that the governor has not yet done so speaks volumes about his commitment to making the state safe.”
The letter is the latest to highlight the state’s chronic health crisis, which has been blamed for the deaths of at least 1,400 people since the beginning of the year.
In February, New York voters approved a statewide measure to expand Medicaid to cover the cost of treating and treating people with long-term conditions, but it didn’t include any funding for the treatment of those with chronic diseases.
The state’s largest hospital, Bellevue Hospital in Brooklyn, said it would be able to continue to treat people who are sick with COVID as long as they’re eligible for the coverage.
New York’s state health department said it has no plans to make the program more generous, citing the cost.
A bill to expand health care coverage to the sickest patients passed the state Assembly in April and was approved by the state Senate on May 20.