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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.



Legislative Memos

MCCAP: Statewide Partners Maximize Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Federal Prescription Drug Benefits and Health Resources for Low Income Elderly and Disabled New Yorkers
The Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program (MCCAP) is a statewide program that provides essential assistance to low income seniors and people with disabilities in access health services and reducing their Medicare costs. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Keep People in their Communities - Don’t Rush the Transition to Medicaid Managed Care
Rushing to move the waiver populations to managed care risks service disruption and much more – it puts people who rely on the waiver programs at risk of institutionalization. Read More

Empire Justice Budget Memo: Preserve Immediate Needs Medicaid
The Executive Budget seeks to amend the Social Services law to block the temporary provision of medical services to Medicaid applicants whose medical conditions necessitate immediate care or treatment, and who cannot afford to pay for this treatment themselves. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Medicaid Long Term Care Recipients Desperately Need Better Consumer Protections!
A.4996/S.6586 provides important consumer protections for our elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients who rely on personal care services to remain safely at home. Let’s put “fair” back into the Medicaid managed care fair hearing process. Our most vulnerable Medicaid recipients are depending on us. Read More



Policy Letters

Empire Justice Letter of Support: Restore Meaning to the Medicaid Managed Care Prescriber Prevails Law
Empire Justice Center urges Governor Cuomo to sign A.7208/S.4893 amending New York Social Services Law (SSL) § 364-j(25) regarding prescriber prevails procedures in Medicaid managed care. Read More


Empire Justice Comments on Immediate Needs for Personal Care Services and Consumer Directed Personal Assistance
The proposed regulations would amend New York Social Services Law to require expedited Medicaid eligibility determinations for people with an immediate need for personal care services (PCS) or consumer directed personal assistance (CDPA), as well as the provision of such services pending enrollment in managed care. Read More


Empire Justice Center Testimony on the Home Health Aide Shortage
Although our clients encounter numerous barriers to accessing the home care to which they are entitled, the shortage of aides has been the biggest obstacle to care by far. The home care workforce shortage is not new, but it is reaching crisis proportions attributable to a constellation of factors including an aging population; stagnation of already low home care wages; limited public transportation; and the relatively recent, and long overdue, application of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) travel and overtime requirements to home care workers. Some agencies are capping aide hours to avoid FLSA requirements, resulting in further reduction of the available workforce. Read More




Policy Related News

Empire Justice Press Release: New York State Delivers a Tight Budget with Several Notable Wins for Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the finalization of the 2017-2018 state budget, Empire Justice Center was excited to announce that several of its legislative priorities were included, including a new $1 million investment that will allow the organization to dramatically increase the amount of assistance it can provide to immigrants in need of legal representation, as well as two notable policy changes. At the same time, other important programs and proposals sustained losses that will be acutely felt by hard working New Yorkers in the coming year, causing much concern Read More

Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal

After the release of the Executive Budget Tuesday night, Empire Justice Center expressed appreciation that funding is included in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for several key programs that assist New Yorkers living at or near the federal poverty level. Read More

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Policy Related Articles

Take Action: Community Health Advocates at Risk :
Community Health Advocates (CHA), New York State's free health care consumer assistance program, urgently needs $1.5 million in additional funding to help New Yorkers obtain and navigate health coverage, access low-cost or free care, solve billing issues, fight for their health care rights, and more. Read More

Empire Justice Center 2017 State Budget Priorities :
As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More

2016 New York State Budget Wrap :
All of the funding outcomes for Empire Justice Center's funding priorities for the 2016 New York State budget season. Read More

Policy Related Newsletters

Policy Matters March 2017 :
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More