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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
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
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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.
We Stand with ALL New Yorkers (Nosotros estamos unidos con todos los Neoyorquinos)
The outcome of this election has shaken us all to the core. (El resultado de las elecciones nos ha sacudido a todos.)
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