The Health Policy Advocacy section contains Legislative Memos, Letters, Comments and Testimony. You will also find news items, articles and reports that relate to our policy work in health.
Empire Justice Memo of Opposition: Don’t Require Unproven and Burdensome Biometric ID Program for Medicaid
This bill, if enacted, would require the Department of Health to implement a program requiring the use of biometric technology by clinics, pharmacies and hospitals participating in New York’s Medicaid program to identify Medicaid recipients at the point of being seen by clinical staff and again upon completion of care or services. Read More
Supplemental Memo of Support: The Appeal Rights Provided in A.4996 Do Not Violate Federal Law
A.4996 seeks to clarify due process protections for this vulnerable population and ensure that dual eligibles mandated into the MLTC Program have the same procedural rights to notice and fair hearings as other Medicaid recipients. Read More
Protect Family Health Plus in the Budget
The Executive Budget would eliminate Family Health Plus, a program that has served as a lifeline for low income workers in New York State for over a decade. Read More
Empire Justice Memo of Support: Support Transparency and Accountability in Charity Care Funding
This year, if the charity care allocation methodology does not change, New York could lose hundreds of millions in federal DSH funding. Read More
Empire Justice Letter to CMS in Support of NY's Super Waiver Proposal
We are pleased to support New York State’s recent request for an amendment to the New York Partnership Plan which includes a new program that would provide independent, individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses that are newly enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care and other new models of care management. Read More
New York’s 2012 Managed Long Term Care Report: An Incomplete Picture
This paper scrutinizes the NYSDOH report on the Managed Long Term Care program for elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients and calls for more data and analysis of the program going forward. The paper was authored by three members of the steering committee of the Coalition to Protect New York Dual Eligibles. Read More
Updated: Empire Justice Testimony at the 2013 NYS Joint Legislative Hearing on the Executive Budget: Health
Empire Justice has had the opportunity to serve on numerous advisory committees for New York State during Medicaid Redesign, and has an ongoing advisory role as a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Advisory Committee for the Health Benefit Exchange and the statewide Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Review Committee. These experiences, along with our day to day work with low income New Yorkers and their advocates have helped to shape the perspective we provide today. Read More
Policy Related News
Report Presents “Immigrant Eligibility Crosswalk” and Urges Continued Advances in Immigrant Access to Health Care as NY Implements Insurance Exchange
Today, Empire Justice Center released a report that chronicles immigrant access to health care in New York and zeros in on significant advancements to come with the new State Health Insurance Exchange.
Empire Justice’s 2013 priorities (The Daily Record)
The focus is driven by the state’s continuing recovery from the impact of the financial services meltdown and subsequent recession, as well as the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
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