José Peralta knows that no family should have to choose between filling prescriptions and buying groceries. Unfortunately, these tough economic times have drained the budgets of many families, and paying for health care has become out of reach for far too many of us.
Making Health Insurance Affordable
In the Senate, José will support legislation to prohibit the denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions, to make it illegal for insurers to drop entire lines of insurance as a pretext for denying coverage to individual policyholders, and to give the NYS Department of Insurance greater oversight of health insurance plans in use in New York State. In keeping in line with making New York more affordable for every New Yorker, José also supports legislation requiring companies with over 15 employees to provide paid sick leave to their workers.
Protecting New York's Public Health Programs
As our next Senator, José will champion the public health insurance programs that cover millions of New Yorkers. He will fight to close loopholes that undermine Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus and work to expand both so even more children can get the medical coverage they need.
Preventing Hospital Closures
Currently, Queens is suffering from a lack of hospitals. With only one hospital in the 13th Senatorial District, an area that encompasses 318,000 people, it is crucial that no more Queens hospitals are shut down. One area of health care funding that New York State desperately needs to keep alive is funding for hospital creation, expansion, and the maintenance of health care services provided by community and senior centers. Put simply, Central Queens, with its million-plus residents, needs more hospitals.