Strengthening the Campaign to End Medical Debt in New York State
Empowering Health Care Consumers
September 29, 2022
Medical debt is a crushing burden for New Yorkers. A recent survey found that more than half of New Yorkers struggle to pay medical bills.
Low-income communities and communities of color outside of New York City have been particularly hard hit by medical debt, exacerbating existing health and socioeconomic inequities. A coalition of partners has run a successful End Medical Debt in New York campaign, with NYHealth and other philanthropic support, to advocate for solutions. In 2022, NYHealth awarded the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York (PPEF) a grant to advocate for policy changes that protect New Yorkers from unfair medical debt.
Under this grant, PPEF will expand its base of organizers and produce a unified communications plan. With previous NYHealth support, PPEF initiated grassroots organizing for the statewide campaign; this next phase will both bolster funding for organizations already engaged in the campaign and reach new partners. PPEF will also formalize the campaign’s communications plan and share communications tools with organizers.