Health care workers from Rochester boarded a bus to Albany Tuesday morning.
They’ll join thousands from across the state protesting proposed Medicaid cuts in the state budget.
Governor Cuomo has proposed millions in cuts to Medicaid programs including $75 million to the consumer-directed personal assistance program, which allows people with disabilities and the elderly to choose their at-home care.
Workers say cutting Medicaid funding would impact their jobs as well as the level of care provided to those that need it.
“By cutting that off, how will we take care of the people at the hospital and at the community nursing homes and elsewhere,” said Arleata Robin White, a 1199+ delegate and health care worker. “I would like to tell the governor please do not cut that bill. Don’t.”
More than 200 health care workers from western New York will represent the upstate region at the protest.