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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 Testimony at the 2017 Human Services Budget Hearing
Our extensive testimony at this year's joint legislative budget hearing on human services. Read More




Policy Related News

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

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.) Read More

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Policy Related Articles

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

2016 NYS Budget Wrap: Health :
Funding outcomes for health care in the 2016 New York State budget season. Read More

Empire Justice Center 2016 State Policy Priorities :
Shelter, heat, food, economic stability. Health and home care, fair wages, freedom from discrimination. Empire Justice Center's 2016 Policy Priorities are meant to highlight several of the most important ways New York State can recommit to providing a strong foundation on which all New York families have the opportunity to build toward the American Dream, right here in our state. Read More

Policy Related Newsletters

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