Thousands of healthcare workers statewide will walk out and rally during their breaks on Weds. to protest Gov. Hochul’s budget

April 3, 2023

NYC/Long Island: Bryn Lloyd-Bollard,, 732-606-5949
Hudson Valley/Capital Region: Mindy Berman,, 518-229-0486
Buffalo/Rochester: April Ezzell,, 716-449-1620
Syracuse/North Country: Allison Krause,, 315-679-6032

Healthcare workers in cities and towns across New York will bang on pots and pans in front of their institutions and hold rallies to raise the alarm that Gov. Hochul’s proposed budget neglects NY’s healthcare needs.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 5, at the times listed below

WHERE: Media availability at the following hospitals and nursing homes—

New York City:

Bronx: 12PM: St. Barnabas Hospital, 4422 3rd Ave., Bronx, NY 10457
2PM: Pinnacle Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, 801 Co-Op City, Bronx, NY 10475


12PM: Brookdale Hospital, One Brookdale Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11212


12PM: NY Presbyterian Hospital, 177 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY 10032
2PM: The New Jewish Home, 120 W 106th Street, New York, NY 10025


12PM: Jamaica Hospital, 8900 Van Wyck Expressway, Jamaica NY 11418
2PM: The Pavilion at Queens for Rehabilitation & Nursing, 36-17 Parson Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354

Staten Island:

2PM: Clove Lakes Nursing Home, 25 Fanning Street, Staten Island, NY 10314

Long Island:

12PM: Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, 900 Franklin Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580
2PM: Hempstead Park Nursing Home, 800 Front Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
2PM: Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, 271-11 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Hudson Valley/Capital Region:

12PM: WMC/Good Samaritan Hospital, 257 Lafayette Ave, Suffern NY, 10901
12PM: The Grand at Guilderland, 428 NY-146, Altamont NY, 12009
11AM: Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, 526 Altamont Ave, Schenectady NY, 12303

Upstate: There will be events in the following upstate cities/regions. Locations and times TBD.

North Country


Healthcare workers will rally during their lunch break outside their institutions, banging on pots and pans to raise the alarm of New York’s healthcare crisis and the need to Close the Medicaid Coverage Gap in the FY2024 state budget.


Three years ago, as the pandemic was turning our world upside down, New Yorkers banged on pots and pans each night to cheer healthcare heroes. Now, healthcare workers will be making the noise: raising the alarm that Governor Hochul has proposed a budget that completely fails to grasp the gravity of the crisis facing NY’s healthcare system.

Today, patients and healthcare workers continue to face the pandemic’s aftershocks. Safety-net hospitals are on the brink of closure, emergency rooms are overflowing, nursing home residents face interminably long wait times for bedside care, and homecare services are becoming ever harder to come by.

Rather than making the necessary investments to stabilize healthcare services, Governor Hochul’s budget would make the situation worse. Her proposed 5% Medicaid rate increase is entirely offset by the elimination of savings from the 340b drug pricing program and the cut to the Indigent Care Pool. The budget includes cuts of $700 million from safety net hospitals, reverses course on a major victory last year raising the pay of homecare workers to $3 above the minimum wage, reduces wages for consumer-directed home health aides by $4.09/hr., and fails to provide adequate funding increases to nursing homes as they struggle to recruit and retain staff to comply with nursing home reform laws.

With stagnating Medicaid funding and a depleted and burnt-out workforce, an austere healthcare budget would be devastating to New Yorkers, especially seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families.

1199SEIU is calling on NY’s elected leaders to invest $2.5 billion in healthcare in the FY2024 budget, including the following:

(The one-house budget proposals recently released by Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins make many of these commitments, and they must be fulfilled in the final budget.)

Increase Medicaid reimbursement rates by 10% for hospitals and 20% for nursing homes, with no offsets.

Restore the $700 million in safety-net funding, and increase it by an additional $600 million.

Address the disparity in reimbursement rates in upstate New York, which are approximately 20% lower than downstate.

Preserve the investment made last year in Fair Pay for Home Care to stabilize the homecare workforce and undo the drastic proposed cuts to wages for workers employed through the consumer-directed program.

Raise the minimum wage to $21.25 by 2027, followed by indexing.


Wednesday’s event comes two weeks after some 15,000 members of 1199SEIU held the largest rally in decades at the Capitol on 3/21, calling attention to the severe impact that Gov. Hochul’s proposed budget would have on access to healthcare in New York’s most vulnerable communities. Photos of the Albany rally can be found here.

On 3/29, hundreds of 1199SEIU members and supporters held a “funeral march” through the streets of New York City to the door of the Governor’s office to raise awareness of the deadly impact of healthcare cuts. Over two dozen participants, including 1199SEIU President George Gresham and hospital and nursing home workers, engaged in an act of non-violent civil disobedience and were arrested. Photos and video of the 3/29 march and civil disobedience action can be found here.


1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. We represent over 450,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all.