BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Rural Health Networks across the state are speaking out about a proposed cut in funding for the 2018 State Budget.
According to Rural Health Network of South Central New York Executive Director Jack Salo, the non-profit along with 30 other organizations are facing a 20% cut in funding from the Department of Health.
The Rural Health Network Development Program is a competitive grant that the organization has received for the past 20 years and is used to connect rural residents with services related to health care, housing and food.
Salo says the organization received a similar cut in funding last year.
"Rural New York is aging. When you look at our aging population, older people need more health services. They have access issues in terms of distances they have to travel to receive health care. Last year's funding cut hurt and this year's proposed cut in funding would really be devastating,"
Salo says residents should contact their state representative to advocate for restoring the funding.
Guidelines on what to do are available on the organization's website, RHNSCNY.org.
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