|Dr. Agrawal speaks at news conference in the Senate Office Building in D.C.|
|Dr. Agrawal (at end of table on right) along other advocates in the White House Eisenhower room.|
In her first visit to the White House, Dr. Abha Agrawal, Medical Director at Kings County Hospital Center, was very impressed when she entered the Eisenhower Executive Officer Building last month for a meeting with Liz Fowler, President Obama's advisor on health and economic policy. But that did not deter her focus. She was there representing HHC to voice strong opposition to federal healthcare funding cuts being proposed that could total hundreds of billions over the next ten years. Dr. Agrawal joined a group of representatives from a national advocacy and interfaith group that urged against further cuts and emphasized that decisions regarding reducing the federal deficit must take into consideration priorities to care for those least able to afford healthcare, particularly children, disabled, elderly and low-income adults. Dr. Agrawal also participated at a press conference in the Senate Building before three U.S. Senators to call for the preservation of Medicaid and discussed the importance of medical education funding in addressing the shortage of primary care doctors in underserved areas in New York State and City.