by Brigit Hurley, Senior Director of Advocacy and Program & Larry Marx, CEO, The Children’s Agenda
Thanks to you, 6,000 members of our online Advocacy Network, and coalitions of dozens of organizations statewide, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed five important bills supporting our community’s children. The Children’s Agenda advocated for them all in visits to legislators with parents directly affected by the issues, data analysis, testimony at hearings, and hours on Zoom calls strategizing with our advocacy partners. Now we are counting on (and advocating for) Governor Cuomo to sign all five into law, including:
Medicaid, maternal and child health funding: Also of note is that New York State Medicaid has agreed to fund the expansion of home visiting screens for mothers and newborns in Monroe and Chemung counties. Our regional funding arm for Medicaid reform, the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, will also likely fund expansion of maternal and child health programs locally, too.
Please take action to urge Governor Cuomo to sign these bills into law. We are deeply grateful to you for speaking up for children and youth, who depend on all of us to be their voice in Albany.
The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.