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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

Joint Memos of Support: Clarify and Simplify the Law Guiding Access to Medical Records
Nine advocacy groups from around the state come together in support of legislation that will simplify access to medical records. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Ensure Access to Medically Necessary Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
For the past five years, New York’s outdated physical, occupational, and speech therapy cap in Medicaid has been detrimental to New Yorkers struggling to access care that everyone agrees is medically necessary. Because of the cap, New Yorkers have endured pain that could have been avoided, lost functioning that allowed them to live independently, and lost wages. Read More

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

 


 

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

Comments

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

Testimony

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: 2017 Legislative Session

Empire Justice Center achieved one notable win that will have a huge impact on disabled New Yorker’s access to disability benefits, but were keenly disappointed by being unable to get legislation that would allow victims of wage theft to get paid what they are owed, and a bill that would have ensured that crime and domestic violence victims’ right to call 911 is not impeded in communities where there are local nuisance ordinances, passed in the Senate. We came so close. It’s a shame New Yorkers will be without these critical protections until 2018. Read More

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

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Policy Related Articles

Empire Justice Center 2017 State Legislative 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

Empire Justice Center 2017 State Administrative 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

2017 New York State Budget Wrap :
There were many critical wins and losses for New Yorkers in the final enacted New York State budget. Our staff have prepared analyses of some of the key areas we focused on this year. Read More

Policy Related Newsletters

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