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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

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the 2017 Health Budget Hearing
Empire Justice Center's testimony on Health and Medicaid before the joint legislative committee for the 2017-2018 New York State budget. 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

Empire Justice Testimony: 2016 NYS Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services
Empire Justice Center's testimony at the 2016 New York State budget hearing on Human Services. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony: 2016 NYS Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection
Empire Justice Center's testimony before the joint legislative committees on the 2016-17 Executive Budget proposal regarding Public Protection. New York State must continue to ensure access to justice, regardless of a person's ability to pay for an attorney. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony: 2016 NYS Joint Budget Hearing on Health
Empire Justice testimony before the joint legislative committees on the 2016-17 Executive Budget proposal - Health. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony for the 2015 Health Joint Legislative Budget Hearing
Our testimony submitted for consideration for the 2015 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Health and Medicaid. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the 2015 Human Services Joint Legislative Budget Hearing
Empire Justice testimony at the 2015 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Human Services. Testimony was presented on February 4, 2015, by Tamara Frazier, Coordinator for Policy and Government Relations. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on New York’s Role in Addressing the Influx of Migrant Youth from Central American Countries
The children that are entering the U.S. through the southwestern border are an incredibly vulnerable population who require a holistic approach in addressing their needs. We believe that if we are to meet the needs of the young people escaping violence and abuse in their home country, New York must look at what kinds of legal, residential and health services are currently available and assess how they might be made more accessible. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony for the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Health
Empire Justice testimony submitted for the 2014 Health Joint Budget Hearing. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony: The New York Health Benefit Exchange: The Impact on Immigrants and their Families
The intersection between immigration status and noncitizen eligibility for public benefits, including medical assistance, has been a major focus of Empire Justice Center’s work ever since the enactment of the 1996 federal welfare reform legislation, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), a law which established a complicated system for controlling noncitizens access to federal and state funded benefits. Read More

Updated: Empire Justice Testimony at the 2013 NYS Joint Legislative Hearing on the Executive Budget: Health
Empire Justice has had the opportunity to serve on numerous advisory committees for New York State during Medicaid Redesign, and has an ongoing advisory role as a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Advisory Committee for the Health Benefit Exchange and the statewide Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Review Committee. These experiences, along with our day to day work with low income New Yorkers and their advocates have helped to shape the perspective we provide today. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on the Medicaid Transition to Care Management for Long Term Care
Empire Justice testimony describing concerns with New York’s transition of Medicaid long term care services from a government administered, fee for service model to a privatized and capitated managed care model. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on the Regulations and Implementation Process for SafeRx Legislation
Our active advocacy with regard to language access issues coupled with our health advocacy work has educated us on the critical importance of ensuring meaningful access for pharmacy consumers with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Health
Empire Justice Center's Senior Paralegal Cathy Roberts' testimony before the joint legislative committees on the state budget as it relates to health. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on Medicaid Managed Care "Carve-in" of Pharmacy Benefits
Empire Justice's testimony to the Assembly Health Committee on Medicaid managed care prescription drug carve-in implementation. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony at the New York State Public Forum: The Establishment of a Health Insurance Exchange in New York State
On behalf of all the low-income New Yorkers we represent, we urge immediate legislative action in order to capitalize on federal funding opportunities and lay the framework for a strong, consumer-friendly Exchange where everyone can get affordable, high quality health care coverage. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Health & Medicaid in the 2011-12 Executive Budget Proposal
Testimony on the proposals that have emerged from the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT), which are reflected in the Governor’s 30 day amendments and the proposed changes to the EPIC program for New York’s seniors. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Health & Medicaid in the 2011-12 Executive Budget Proposal
Testimony on the proposals that have emerged from the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT), which are reflected in the Governor’s 30 day amendments and the proposed changes to the EPIC program for New York’s seniors. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Human Services in the 2011-12 Executive Budget Proposal
As New York continues to grapple with the aftermath of the recession, it is essential that we do not forget that there are many among us that are still in its epicenter. Read More

Empire Justice Center’s Comments at Medicaid Redesign Team Public Forum in Rochester
Empire Justice Center’s Trilby de Jung offers policy recommendations for the Medicaid Redesign Team. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the Executive Budget Hearing on Human Services
Testimony before the Joint Legislative Committees on human services in the 2010-2011 executive budget. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the Executive Budget Hearing on Health
Testimony presented at the joint legislative hearing on the 2010 - 2011 Executive Budget. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on the Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan
In the Governor’s proposed Deficit Reduction Plan, several funding streams, are slated for substantial cuts that will not only undermine your commitment and the Assembly’s commitment to legal assistance, but will also result in INCREASED costs to the state. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on the State of Senior Programs in the Current Economy
Testimony that spotlights the needs of the elderly, a population that has been particularly hard hit by losses in retirement income and increased out-of-pocket costs for health care. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the joint legislative hearing on health in the Executive Budget
There is no question that the Governor’s Health Budget moves us in the right direction. Low-income New Yorkers across New York will see their access to public health coverage improve as a result of proposals to simpl Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Budget issues in Health, Education, Higher Education, and Social Services
We urge you to use the level of funding allocated for the provision of essential services such as civil legal assistance, welfare benefits, child care and disability assistance and the availability of health coverage to low income and disenfranchised New Yorkers as the yardstick by which you measure the quality of the budget proposal. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the NYS Economic Security Forum
Make no mistake -- lead poisoning continues to have a devastating impact on New York State’s children and on its economy. Although statewide the incidence rate of new cases is now below 1% of the children screened, that figure may have lulled many of us into a false confidence that the problem is under control. In reality, lead poisoning remains at crisis levels in concentrated areas -- “pockets of lead poisoning” – consisting primarily of older, economically poorer neighborhoods. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the Economic Security Cabinet Town Hall Meeting
Comments on three areas we’d like to see the Economic Security Cabinet focus on: improving access to benefits, dealing with the impact of rising energy costs on low income households, and language access for people with limited English proficiency. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the Joint Legislative Hearings on Health in the Executive Budget
Governor Spitzer’s Budget represents a huge step forward for New York. He has continued his commitment to a patient first agenda with proposals that make good on his promise to reach out to every uninsured child in this state. Read More