Albany should look to stabilize funding for safety net hospitals

Buffalo News Editorial Board

Originally published in The Buffalo News

The request came late in this year’s budget cycle, but the push to better fund New York’s “safety net” hospitals meets a self-evident need. Why designate a hospital as especially important then dangle a financial ax over its neck every year?

“We think it’s time for us to end the one-time deals and look for some structural change,” Myrie said. “We have to ask ourselves, ‘Why is it that hospitals that serve predominantly Black and brown people – and in many instances poor people – remain on the bottom of the priority list for this state?’ ”

It’s a question that demands an answer – and a change.