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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


Joint Press Statement: Governor Signs Law Ensuring Access to Health Records for Those in Need

In a huge win for disabled New Yorkers, a bill (A7842/S6078) that will streamline the process for thousands of New Yorkers needing to obtain their own health records has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Read More


Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Cuomo's Hate and Human Rights Laws Expansion

The horrifying events that transpired in Charlottesville this past weekend showed us all that we have a long road ahead of us to reach a place where hate has no home in our hearts. We all have a responsibility to stand for what it right. Read More


Empire Justice Stands with Immigrants & Their Families

Empire Justice Center is proud to be one of more than 180 organizations across the country to stand up and speak out against the completely un-American attack on immigrants proposed by Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), and championed by President Donald Trump. Read More


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


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


Medicare Counseling: A Lifeline We Must Sustain (The Huffington Post)

For the clients NYLAG and other advocates for the poor serve, SHIPs are a particularly critical resource. Medicare is a great benefit, but it is expensive. Low-income people would never be able to afford Medicare without expert assistance to obtain the vital subsidies they need to reduce costs. Read More


Empire Justice Press Release: 2016 Legislative Session: Great Strides and One Huge Disappointment

Upon the completion of the 2016 Legislative Session, Empire Justice Center was excited to see significant strides in addressing wage theft, and two huge victories that will impact the ongoing effects of the forclosure crisis on homeowners and communities. At the same time, the organization also expressed incredible disappointment that, for the third year in a row, essential protections for crime and domestic violence victims were not enacted by the New York State Senate. Read More


Press Release: NYS Budget Delivers Mixed Outcomes for Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the release of the final 2016-2017 state budget, Empire Justice Center is excited to announce that several of its legislative priorities were included in the budget, but notes that it falls short on a number of other critical priority issues. Read More


Cuomo Keeps Lifeline in Place for Medicare Recipients (Huffington Post)

In January, we got some good news in New York State when Governor Andrew Cuomo maintained funding in his 2016-2017 Executive Budget for the State's Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program. Read More


Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State and Budget Address

Empire Justice Center reactions to Governor Cuomo's 2016 State of the State and budget address. Read More


Gov. Cuomo Urged to Give Doctors Final Say on Medicaid Prescriptions (Public News Service)

Health care advocates are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would give doctors the final say on prescriptions for their patients in Medicaid managed care plans. Read More


Empire Justice Center Statement on Chief Judge’s Creation of Permanent Commission on Access to Justice

Today, Empire Justice Center applauded Chief Judge Jonathan Lippmann’s July 22 announcement that the Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Services in New York will become a permanent Commission. Read More


Empire Justice Center Applauds the Governor and State Legislature for Several Budget Outcomes Helping Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the release of the final 2014-2015 state budget, Empire Justice Center is pleased to see several of its legislative priorities contained within the budget, as it provides additional funding and resources for low income New Yorkers. Read More


Empire Justice Center Elects Officers and Re-Elects Board Members

Empire Justice Center, a statewide leader working to achieve social and economic justice in New York State, is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. Read More


Reaction To Excellus BCBS Withdrawing From Medicaid (YNN)

"These are all the folks who are enrolled in Medicaid or Family Health Plus, so it's the people who are unemployed, it's the working poor, it's our clients." Read More


Five Things You Should Know about Obamacare and Immigrants (Reporting NYC)

On Oct. 1, New Yorkers can start signing up for health insurance through the state’s health benefit exchange. The exchange is a central feature of the Affordable Care Act, which requires that all Americans have health insurance 2014. Through the exchange, New Yorkers can shop for health plans, compare prices and benefits, and get subsidies if their income is low enough. Read More


Summit On Healthcare Changes (WXXI)

Representatives of various human services organizations and health providers gathered Monday at the Memorial Art Gallery for a summit on the new health exchanges. The meeting was co-hosted by local Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who says these exchanges, which are part of the pending changes in health care, will make insurance more affordable to a number of people. Read More


Save social services (LI Herald)

Village resident Grace D. Moran, a partner at Moran Karamouzis LLP, has been appointed to serve as special master overseeing Nassau County’s food stamp, Medicaid and other public assistance programs. Read More


Our Views: The poor can wait (The Island Now)

Nassau County cannot be proud that a federal court judge has deemed it necessary to appoint a special master to oversee the county’s food stamp, Medicaid and other public assistance programs. Read More


Special master to oversee Nassau public assistance programs (Newsday)

A federal court judge has appointed a special master to oversee Nassau's food stamp, Medicaid and other public assistance programs following complaints from local social service advocates that the county repeatedly violated state and federal deadlines on processing aid requests. Read More


Press Release: Empire Justice Center Applauds the State Legislature for Passage of Key Bills Affecting Low-Income New Yorkers

Two domestic violence bills, one child care bill and a critically important foreclosure bill passed both houses at the end of session last week. Read More


Need to Know Rochester (Need to Know Rochester)

Uninsured Monroe County residents can start shopping for health insurance on October 1st. The experts break down what folks need to know about the new health exchanges. Read More


Health insurance exchanges info is trickling in (Democrat & Chronicle)

The exchanges, which are meant to expand coverage to people who’ve been shut out of insurance because of cost or access, are a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read More


Report Presents “Immigrant Eligibility Crosswalk” and Urges Continued Advances in Immigrant Access to Health Care as NY Implements Insurance Exchange

Today, Empire Justice Center released a report that chronicles immigrant access to health care in New York and zeros in on significant advancements to come with the new State Health Insurance Exchange. Read More


Empire Justice’s 2013 priorities (The Daily Record)

The focus is driven by the state’s continuing recovery from the impact of the financial services meltdown and subsequent recession, as well as the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Read More


Medicaid Matters Press Release on State Super Waiver

The State’s interest in continuing to reform the Medicaid program in New York was reaffirmed through an 1115 Medicaid waiver amendment application submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), referred to as the Super Waiver. Read More


New York Times Editorial Mentions Empire Justice (The New York Times)

The average wait for Medicaid applicants fell to 29 days last year from 83 days in 2007, but that is still bad. One of the groups that brought the lawsuit, the Empire Justice Center, is planning to go back to court to force the county to meet its obligations. Read More


Empire Justice Center Statement: Supreme Court Ruling a Tremendous Victory for New Yorkers in Need of Health Care and for New York’s Economy

The highly anticipated ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the Affordable Care Act, is a true victory for all New Yorkers in need of health care, for New York State and our state’s economy. Read More


SafeRx legislation passes as part of state budget (The Daily Record)

The final state budget passed last week included approval of SafeRx legislation designed to make prescription drug labels easier to understand for people with limited English, people with disabilities and seniors. Read More


NYS Foreclosure Prevention Services Progam Campaign Celebrates Albany Collaboration to Restore Funding

The New York State Foreclosure Prevention Services campaign today thanks and applauds the groundbreaking agreement among Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the New York State Legislature to provide six months of critical funding for the statewide Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the FY 2012-13 budget. Read More


Significant Victories in State Budget to Benefit Struggling New Yorkers

After an initial review of the budget agreement struck by the Governor and Legislative leaders this week, the Empire Justice Center declared victory on several important initiatives that will have a positive impact on New Yorkers who are struggling financially. Read More


Albany is playing games with health exchange legislation (Democrat & Chronicle)

New York needs an exchange that will fit our unique and complicated health insurance landscape in order to maximize the number of people who will gain coverage. Read More


Aging & Health Groups Call on Governor Cuomo to Restore Harsh Cuts to Senior Rx Program

Senior advocates, pharmacists, aging and health care counselors, and cancer prevention organizations are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to restore copayment assistance to older New Yorkers who are enrolled in the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program. Read More


Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

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Seniors’ drug costs likely to spike under new rules (Daily Gazette)

Drastic changes to the state’s supplemental drug program for seniors will result in higher out-of-pocket costs for enrollees, warn advocates for elderly and low-income state residents. Read More


Advocates for Seniors Warn About Eliminating EPIC (WAMC Northeast Public Radio)

Advocates for Senior citizens are calling on the New York State Legislature to reject cuts to prescription drug coverage by preserving the existing "EPIC" program - Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports. Read More


Advocacy groups say seniors can’t afford proposed prescription-benefit cuts (Politics on the Hudson)

AARP, the Empire Justice Center, Selfhelp Community Services and Statewide Senior Action are urging the Legislature to reject Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to cut the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage—EPIC—program, which has been in place for 25 years. Read More


Advocates warn about loss of drug cost subsidy

Seniors below a $35,000 annual income for singles and $50,000 for couples face the elimination of help paying for life-extending prescriptions under Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget. Read More


Advocates: What Cuomo Could Get Done In 100 Days (Politics on the Hudson )

Good-government and environmental protection groups want Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo to issue a series of executive orders in his first 100 days as a way to get the ball rolling on changing the state. Read More


Empire Justice Joins with Better Choice Budget Campain in Calling for State to Balance Budget by Raising Revenues, Not Cutting by Critical Services (A Better Choice for New York)

Campaign launches TV ads focused on closing corporate tax loopholes and asking wall street to help bail out Main Street. Read More


New York's Budget Negotiation Should Not Jeopardize Critical Medicaid Services for Vulnerable New Yorkers

Cuts to so-called Optional Medicaid Services are not optional at all. Read More


Empire Justice Joins Advocates to Decry Mid-Year Cuts

Press release announcing the press conference organized by New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, the Fiscal Policy Institute, Empire Justice Center and others to talk about alternatives to Governor Paterson's proposed DRP. Read More


Advocates Applaud the Governor and the Legislature for Approving a Budget that Maintains Access to Vital Prescription Drug Benefits for Seniors

The 2009-2010 State Budget acknowledges the difficulties low-income seniors face obtaining prescriptions through Medicare Part D plans. Read More


Spitzer State of the State Message Brings Message of Hope and Unity

Advocates from the Empire Justice Center expressed optimism as they watched Governor’s Spitzer’s State of the State address today. Read More


Advocates Applaud Governor Spitzer

Advocates Applaud Governor Spitzer Proposing Needed Improvements in Health Coverage, Housing and Increasing Child Support to Low Income Children in a Difficult Budget Year. Read More