Updated: Jul 24
The PDF they tried to scrub from the internet.
The PDF of Nursing Home and ACF COVID Related Deaths Statewide (as of July 22, 2020). This is just page 1 of several.
Cuomo's donations from the Greater New York Hospital Association.
- $21,749 in between 2008-2014.
Greater New York Hospital Association's donations to the Democratic Central Party Committee--which Cuomo has full control of.
New York State Democratic Housekeeping funds.
The account, which can accept unlimited donations, is meant to support general party activities but has also been used to promote Cuomo and his agenda in television ads, including in his 2018 reelection campaign.
The GNYHA donations were a huge increase from prior years and made the group one of the New York Democratic Party’s largest contributors during Cuomo’s campaign. Three of the hospital association’s top officials separately gave more than $150,000 to Cuomo’s campaign between 2015 and 2018.
People took notice back then too.
The increase in funding.
From the site:
The administration’s first allocation of the money, quietly revealed at the end of October, was an across-the-board boost in Medicaid payments to hospitals and nursing homes, many of which are GNYHA members. The move will cost the state an estimated $500 million over three years. With federal matching aid, hospitals and nursing homes statewide will see a total benefit of some $1 billion.
That decision culminated a major lobbying effort by GNYHA and its ally, the health-care labor union 1199 SEIU.
In January, the groups announced a campaign for increased state spending on health-care, in response to threatened cuts by the federal government. Echoing that message, Cuomo’s January budget proposal called for establishing a “Health Care Shortfall Fund” and filling it with revenues gleaned from the insurance industry.
Overall federal health aid to New York would not be cut. Cuomo pressed his case with support of the Healthcare Education Project, a joint enterprise of 1199 and GNYHA, which reported spending $3.5 million on its ad campaign.
Cuomo ultimately prevailed on Fidelis and Centene to pay the state $2 billion over four years in exchange for approval of their transaction. Instead of a “shortfall” fund, the money went into a “Health Care Transformation Fund,” and the Cuomo administration was given free rein to spend it on any health-related purpose without consulting the Legislature.
The Medicaid rate increases for hospitals and nursing homes were first announced with a notice in the New York State Register on Oct. 31 and took effect on Nov. 1. In amendments to the state Medicaid plan, filed on Dec. 28, officials said they planned across-the-board Medicaid rate increases of 2 percent for hospitals and 1.5 percent for nursing homes.
GNYHA paid $60,000 to the MirRam Group in March and April, according to the firm’s report. John Emrick, a lobbyist at the firm who previously served as the chief of staff for the controversial Independent Democratic Conference State Senate caucus, disclosed lobbying the Senate majority leader’s office on “safe staffing” and “medical malpractice.”
Lobbyists hired by the Greater New York Hospital Association. Funny, Melissa DeRosa appears on the list. To see it yourself click this link. Click the "lobbying" tab and then the "all lobbyists" tab. Voila.
"Melissa is the proverbial right hand to the governor. All work streams end with her and she is overseeing the monumental task of coordinating the state’s COVID-19 response including managing the war room of senior administration officials and their teams dedicated to the effort, helping craft emergency executive orders, coordinating with elected officials and strategizing with hospital leadership and business executives across the state to ensure frontline workers have the resources they need." - Website
The GNYHA pays Bolton St. Johns $24,167 per month for lobbying services.
This is for budget/appropriations.
New York and New Jersey are the only two states that protect workers from criminal liability, from workers to executives. Coincidentally, these are two states that Bolton St. James operates in. Link to PDF.
The legislation that shields New York nursing home executives and administrators from any civil or criminal liability:
Motion to repeal the verbiage that shielded New York nursing home executives and administrators from any civil or criminal liability.
GNYHA has framed its push for liability protections as an effort to defend workers. In an April 2 memo to its members, the association wrote:
“You and your heroic workers have enough to agonize over without having to worry about liability for decisions and actions made under extraordinarily challenging circumstances.”
Opponents say Cuomo’s language immunizing executives from civil and criminal litigation is designed to make it easier for nursing home corporations to profit off unsafe business practices.
“The reason why neglect happens in nursing homes is executives make business decisions that result in the frontline workers not having the tools — in nursing homes, the manpower — to deliver the services those workers are trained to deliver.” - Attorney Andrew G. Finkelstein
“These executives choose how much staffing will be in a nursing home and they know the more staffing that they put in, the more safe the nursing home will be — but the less profits they will make. When you remove their liability from that choice, the net effect will be less and less staffing and more and more neglect in nursing homes, because those decision makers will know there will be no legal consequences for the decisions they make.”
Melissa Derosa has been hired by 136 different clients as a lobbyist from 2005 to 2010, all in the state of New York.
All her clients.
I can go on but I'm going to leave it there for now.