NewsHot97 And WBLS Partner To Advocate For Medicaid Equity

Hot97 And WBLS Partner To Advocate For Medicaid Equity

Hot97 and WBLS teamed up with America’s largest healthcare union to advocate for Medicaid equity in New York.

Famed New York City radio stations Hot 97 and WBLS teamed up with America’s largest healthcare union to raise awareness on issues related to Medicaid equity.

MediaCo Holding, the parent company of Hot 97 and WBLS, announced their partnership with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East to advocate for healthcare equity for Medicaid patients and workers. The announcement follows 1199SEIU President George Gresham’s radio appearance where he explained the severe underfunding of Medicaid programs that highlights the disparity in payments between Medicaid patients and privately insured patients.

With over seven million people protected by Medicaid in New York, the need for increased funding is crucial. The underpayments continue to create barriers to the health coverage of mothers, children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Along with a growing multi-billion dollar funding gap that weakens hospitals, nursing homes, and healthcare providers in Black and Latino neighborhoods.

Last month, rappers Jadakiss and Jim Jones joined Hot 97 radio personality Funk Flex at the Manhattan East Village Rally for Medicaid Equity to advance the conversation.

“Me being a kid growing up on Medicaid, I know how important these hospitals are,” Jones told a crowd of healthcare workers, faith leaders, Medicaid patients, and community activists.

Hot 97 personality TT Torez also joined 199SEIU at the State Capitol for the annual Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus Conference in Albany to advocate for improved resources for hospitals throughout New York.

“We need to make sure that we have the resources for our hospitals!” Torez said.

“We need to make sure our senior citizens have the right doctors and medication; we need to make sure our children have the right resources that they need to grow up and be productive members of their classrooms and communities,”2

As part of the partnership, MediaCo and 1199 will continue working together to raise awareness and advance the conversation.

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Source: Black Enterprise

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