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StateWide hosts conference calls on state budget proposals

StateWide will be holding two conference calls to review issues in the state budget that impact older New Yorkers.  The first call (Jan. 15) will be a quick look at the NYS Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) budget – examining the funding levels for established programs, learning if there are new initiatives, discovering if there […]

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StateWide hosts NYSOFA Director Crossdale discussion on Office of Community Living Report in Conference Call 12-17

NY StateWide Senior Action Council has been monitoring activities related to the proposed NYS Office for Community Living since the 2015 state budget required a study of a possible merger of disability and aging concerns.   StateWide has arranged a conference call Thursday December 17 at 10AM to brief all interested seniors and senior services […]

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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 […]

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StateWide was organized in 1972 to achieve dignity, well being and security for all senior citizens in New York State.  We provide direct service through our helpline and counseling services and provide information to educate the community as well as state and federal policymakers on issues of importance to older New Yorkers.

Please see our legislative advocacy and senior issues sections for more information.

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What's New at StateWide

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Announcing the next series of our Patient Advocates Program Telephone Teach-Ins. See the flyer for dates, times and subjects.

  • The first of the series is scheduled for Feb 23 at 10AM.  Understanding DELIRIUM a major health problem affecting the elderly. Learn the causes and treatments.

StateWide has produced an analysis of the proposed NYS budget impact on older New Yorkers.
Read the chart about changes to the NYSOFA budget at this link

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Read StateWide’s analysis of the entire budget’s impact on older New Yorkers with our recommendations at this link: State 2016-7 Proposed Budget Analysis.

Our next conference call (Jan. 29) will look at the budget as a whole, including Medicaid and other funding streams outside of NYSOFA. for call information see the flyer

NYSOFA Director Crossdale releases report on Office of Community Living Report related to a proposed Office for Community Living, to coordinate Aging and Disability services through a single state agency.

 

The lengthy report is now available at this link

 

Several pages are dedicated to just recommendations.  You can read the recommendations at this link

 

 

Medicare Enrollment Assistance Available.

StateWide’s expert counselors are ready to assist you choose Medicare coverage that works for you for 2017.  You may still be eligible for a Special Enrollment if you change your mind about your coverage for 2016. Call 1-800-333-4374 for assistance.

Seniors living close to the edge of poverty

Read about StateWide’s work on the new Insecurity Report: LIVING BELOW THE LINE: ECONOMIC INSECURITY AMONG NEW YORK’S ELDERS.  Read the the report.  StateWide’s Executive Director Maria Alvarez testified before the NYS Assembly and joined Assemblymembers under the leadership of Assemblyman Crespo, Chair, Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in a press conference.  Watch a news interview here.

 

 

 

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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

GRASSROOTS SENIOR ADVOCACY DAY MAY 12 2015 in Albany
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 Jaffe.KHN@gmail.com

 

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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