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Jadakiss, Jim Jones Take A Stand Against New York City Healthcare Restrictions

A couple of well-known New York rappers have taken a stand when it comes to healthcare restrictions.

Jim Jones and Jadakiss have taken a stand with healthcare workers protesting the new Medicaid restrictions, which were imposed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

In January, the 1199SEIU healthcare workers union called out the governor to stop underpaying hospitals on Medicaid claims, according to HipHopDX. Under the current administration, just 70% of all Medicaid hospital bills are paid. Well now, the union is calling for an end to stop this.

According to the union, “over seven million New Yorkers rely on Medicaid services, the majority of whom come from Black and Latino communities. Despite the fact that Medicaid provides vital coverage to these New Yorkers, the state pays hospitals 30% less than the actual cost of needed care.”

On March 22, Jim Jones and Jadakiss marched in solidarity with the union to the governor’s NYC office, hoping that their high profile would bring attention to the situation at hand.

“Special shout out to all the #1199Healthcare workers who show up for the cause today and march to fight for what’s right,” Capo wrote on his Instagram caption, with a video showing the pair marching alongside the healthcare workers.

He continued: “The government is only covering 70 percent of Medicaid cost at our new York hospitals n clinics #this 30 percent gap is causing underfunding wit cause the hospitals to b understaffed then eventually havin to close there doors, To prevent this from happening we jeee everyone to let th governor know we need th 30 percent to b implemented immediately. Shouts to @hot97 n @funkflex for keeping th city united when we need it th most @jadakiss.”

Hochul in January unveiled a consumer protection and affordability agenda, the first plank of her 2024 State of the State, according to The goal: to amend New York’s consumer laws to strengthen consumer protections against unfair business practices, among other business.

“The first plank of the 2024 State of the State is our Consumer Protection & Affordability Agenda – one that combats the effects of illness, disability, unfair business practices and low wages,” Governor Hochul said. “If the last two years have been about putting more money in New Yorkers’ pockets, this year is about keeping it there and that starts with safeguarding people’s hard-earned cash.”


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