Chelsea IrizarryOct 11, 2017, 11:39 pmOct 12, 2017, 7:54 am

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul talks health care in Coram

Hochul, along with other officials, expressed her concern about the impact of federal budget cuts on health care


Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was joined by others, including Dr. Howard Zucker, the Commissioner of Health for New York State, in expressing their concern about federal budget cuts and the impact those cuts would have on health care, especially children's care.

"We are under attack by our own capitol," Hochul said.

According to Hochul, the federal cuts that are being proposed and implemented would have a larger impact on New York than on any other state.

Hochul says that the impact of the cuts will be detrimental, not only to health care, but essential programs like Child Health Plus, which offers preventative care to children, such as visual checkups or immunizations.

Zucker said that he was appalled that health care for more than 350,000 New York children hangs in the balance, arguing that Washington is "putting dollar signs before vital signs."

"We urge Washington not to jeopardize our efforts, do not set New York back decades, do not endanger the lives unnecessarily," Zucker said.

Hochul said she was asking NEw York residents to join her in taking action by calling their representatives and asking "Are you for children's health care or are you not?"

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