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Advocacy for Paid Family & Medical Leave

NY StateWide Senior Action Council supports efforts at the state and federal level to provide paid family and medical leave. Executive Director Maria Alvarez was interviewed for an article that appears in today’s Albany Times Union, noting that the Act will ensure that the family unit and the community in general is more stable.  Read […]


Federal Budget Reconciliation addresses some Medicare and Social Security concerns

Congress Takes Action to Avert Crisis In recent years, Congress has not taken much positive action. A welcome change in Congressional deadlock occurred with a budget agreement that: – holds off a threatened government shutdown over the debt ceiling, – addresses the expected Medicare Part D premium hike for new enrollees, those with higher incomes […]


NEW! NYS Assembly holds hearings on proposed Office of Community Living

Hearings are scheduled in NYC on October 20 and in Albany on October 27.  The Committee on Aging seeks testimony from the communities impacted to better understand the level of public engagement thus far, the public’s understanding of SOFA’s Office of Community Living study, and the process being utilized to complete such study. If you […]


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Dates for Forums on Proposed Office for Community Living

Seeking public input on a proposal to coordinate Aging and Disability services through a merged state agency.
Seniors and senior service providers are encouraged to attend forums being held by the NYS Office for Aging (NYSOFA). See below for dates and times for regions across NYS.  RSVP today – seating limited.
Pre-registration is required due to space capacity. Please register at: In addition, you can also register by calling Abbey Lavazzo at (518)391-4553 or email,

Suffolk – September 30, 9:00-11:00a.m.         Site: call NYSOFA for info

NYC September 30, 2:00-4:00p.m.   Site: call NYSOFA for info

Hudson Valley –  October 1, 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.  Site:  call NYSOFA for info

Buffalo -October 7, 9:00-11:00a.m.   Site:  Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 701 E Delevan Ave.

Rochester area – October 7, 1:30-3:30p.m.  Site: Call NYSOFA for info


Convention 2015


Get the latest information, network with others from throughout the state, enjoy beautiful Saratoga Springs.

October 13-15 – Saratoga Springs, NY
Print out the updated  Convention schedule and registration form and mail your registration with your check today!


StateWide marched in the September 21 Climate Change demonstration in NYC.  The Huntington Post gave it national coverage and featured our members (l-r) Genevieve Cervera and Muriel Beach.  Read the coverage

Seniors came from NYC, Sullivan County, Buffalo, Binghamton, Oneida,  the North Country and the Capital District to advocate for Safe nurse to patient staffing ratios and NY Health, the Medicare for All legislation in NYS.  Hundreds of seniors added their consumer voices in support of safe staffing to those of nurses represented by Communications Workers of America, NYS Nurses Association, NYS United Teachers and Public Employees Federation.

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Observation Status

StateWide Launches Patient Advocates Program.
Get Informed.  Get Involved. Share Stories.  Patient Advocates Program Telephone Teach-ins
have been scheduled.  Get more information.

StateWide Develops Hospital Patient Tool Kit. More information.

Legislation initiated by StateWide raising concerns about Observation Status was signed into law effective 2014 to require hospitals to tell patients what their billing status is.

Federal Legislation introduced! US Sen. Schumer pledges to fix Hospital Observation Status Problems facing Medicare recipients. If you have experienced problems related to Observation status, please call StateWide to share your story at 1-800-333-4374. Read more.

Problems cause a “coverage gap.”  See the NBC news coverage.

Kaiser Health News: By Susan Jaffe FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Poorly Understood And Costly For Medicare Beneficiaries
Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.Susan Jaffe can be contacted at


Help with Medicare and EPIC

EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) Program NEW EPIC income limits have been raised, thanks to the State Legislature and the Governor’s agreement during budget negotiations in 2014.  NOW – Individuals Earning up to $75,000 and couples earning up to $100,000 are eligible!   Wondering if you’re eligible for EPIC? See Eligibility Guidelines. Call 1-800-333-4374 with any questions.

Help with Medicare and affordable prescription drugs is just a phone call away. StateWide’s Medicare counselors can help you make adjustments if your health plan is not meeting your needs in 2013. Call 1-800-333-4374.
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