The Legislature has already approved a round of health care cuts in an extender bill (in fact, that was the first time Gov. David Paterson employed that controversial approach), but SEIU 1199 and the Greater NY Hospital Association are clearly concerned additional reductions could be in the offing.

The health care workers union and its industry partner have launched a campaign in hopes of dissuading the Legislature from going back to Medicaid in search of more cuts – something the Senate Republicans have advocated – or revisting the issue of increased taxes on hospitals.

The campaign includes a TV ad that hits the airwaves today in Albany and NYC as well as a mailer that warns of hospital closings if funding is reduced further and protests outside key lawmakers’ district offices.

The mailer has been sent to close to 700,000 prime voters in all 32 Democratic Senate districts as well as the following Assembly districts: Speaker Silver, Cathy Nolan, Carl Heastie, Hakeem Jeffries, Vito Lopez, Rory Lancman, Jeff Aubry, Michael Benedetto, Vivian Cook, Nick Perry, William Boyland, and Karim Camara.

Yesterday, there were picketers outside the offices of Sens. Jeff Klein and Tom Duane and Assemblywoman Joan Millman. Picketing by 1199/GNYHA organizers and community activists at various lawmakers’ offices will be continuing this afternoon and throughout the remainder of the week.

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