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Rep. Molinaro Announces Healthcare Priorities for Fiscal Year 2024

Washington, DCU.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) today announced his healthcare priorities for the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bill.

Each year, the House Appropriations Committee crafts legislation that determines funding levels for federal agencies and programs. In the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bill, Rep. Molinaro called on the House Appropriations Committee to prioritize support for those with mental health and substance use disorders, healthcare programs for underserved communities, medical research, and Social Security & Medicare.

Rep. Molinaro said, “My priorities are Upstate New York’s priorities. In the upcoming appropriations bill, I’m aiming high by pushing Congress to prioritize mental healthcare, addiction treatment, Community Health Centers, medical research, Social Security, and Medicare. These priorities will bring our healthcare system forward and help us better meet the needs of our community.”

Specifically, Rep. Molinaro asked the House Appropriations Committee to prioritize federal funding for the following:

  • Programs that support local mental health facilities and crisis response and intervention services.
  • Programs that support crisis hotlines, including the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Hotline.
  • Social Security and Medicare, which provide financial assistance and healthcare coverage to retirees and other eligible individuals.
  • Community Health Centers, which provide comprehensive health services to medically underserved communities in New York, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Programs that study Alzheimer's, Lyme and Tickborne illnesses, Diabetes and Kidney diseases, ALS, Fragile X, Autism, Neurofibromatosis, Tourette Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Breast Cancer, Tuberous Sclerosis, and Influenza. The goal of this research is to develop better diagnostics, treatments, and cures.
  • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants, which improve access to comprehensive mental health and substance abuse disorder (SUD) services to vulnerable individuals.