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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For the past five years, New York’s outdated physical, occupational, and speech therapy cap in Medicaid has been detrimental to New Yorkers struggling to access care that everyone agrees is medically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 Strengthening Consumer Protections in the Affordable Care Act
Read our comments to HHS, which were submitted in conjunction with several state and national partners, on how reducing regulatory burdens is a thin disguise for reducing much-needed consumer protections. 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

Bill ensures free access to personal health records (Watertown Daily Times)

A new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week aims to streamline the application process for Social Security, veteran’s benefits, disability benefits and more. Read More

New York law eliminates medical record fees for those seeking government benefits (FierceHealthcare)

A new law that prohibits healthcare providers in New York from charging a fee to low-income, disabled residents applying for government benefits is being called a “huge win” by legal groups that say previous fee waivers were frequently ignored. Read More

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Policy Related Articles

Session Wrap 2017: New Legislation to Enforce Medical Records Access Rules :
A.7842 (Gottfried)/S.6078 (Valesky) will ensure free access to medical records for those applying for Social security and Medicaid benefits, as well as some veteran’s benefits. Read More

Session Wrap 2017: Strengthening Lead Poisoning Protections :
Low income children are particularly at risk because they often live in rental housing which is not well maintained by the owner. Low income children are particularly at risk because they often live in rental housing which is not well maintained by the owner. Read More

Session Wrap 2017: Access to Medically Necessary Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy :
This past session, the Assembly introduced A.7772 (Barrett), which would provide relief from an outdated cap on Medicaid physical, occupational and speech therapy that, for the past five years, has been detrimental to New Yorkers struggling to access care that everyone agrees is medically necessary. Addressing the cap on these therapies has been a priority for Empire Justice Center for the past two legislative sessions. Read More

Policy Related Newsletters

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