State & Federal Legislative Advocacy Updates
3-13-13 Two Important State Budget Issues Threaten the Rights of Insureds.
PROTECTING DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FOR DUAL ELIGIBLES (enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid) who are enrolled in Managed Long Term Care (MLTC), StateWide joined organizations representing people with disabilities to advocate for restoration of rights. For more information see Assembly bill A4996, a proposal that has been included in the Assembly’s budget bill. MLTC is [...]
Jan. 9, 2013 Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Message to New Yorkers
Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Message, entitled “NY Rising,” provides a recap of the achievements under his administration to date and his vision for the future. The Message stressed: economic development, particularly for Upstate NY; recovery and prevention related to natural disasters; a progressive agenda that includes ending discrimination against women and raising the [...]
World War II Bomber Pilot Stuck in Medicare Observation Status
December 11, 2012 Albany Times Union – click on the link below to read the story about Ike Cassuto of Columbia County. StateWide is helping Mr. Cassuto and our helpline is listed in this story http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Observation-status-and-a-nasty-surprise-4106789.php#photo-3873110
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What's New at StateWide
New! Federal Budget Proposals Threaten Aging Programs. You can Make a Difference. Read more.
Learn about Federal Sequestration Impact on NYS aging and community services. Read more.
Medicare therapy standard changes.
Medicare beneficiaries can continue with therapeutic services by asking their providers to appeal the annual monetary cap based on a new standard. A court case has been settled that has now determined that therapy no longer needs to be resulting in continued improvement; therapy can now be continued based on ensuring that the patient needs the services to maintain their level of function. See more.
StateWide representatives in NYC, Albany and Rockland participated in events with colleagues advocating for people with disabilities to restore due process rights currently available under Medicaid fee for service for those who become enrolled in Managed Long Term Care. Read more.
Updated! 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.
EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) Program Click here to review StateWide’s flyer detailing changes for 2013. Wondering if you’re eligible for EPIC? See 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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Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2013
Overview of Open Enrollment
StateWide commemorates our 40th Anniversary with a short inspirational video. As part of an indepth interview video, Anna Stellwag, Lower Hudson Valley Chapter leader, wishes that “more people knew about StateWide…and that they not rest on their laurels, especially the senior group coming up, they have to understand that if they do that they will lose a lot of benefits that we have taken for granted. View the interviews
StateWide Convention 2012 was a great success with many informative workshops, culminating in a energizing Gala celebration.
•View a photo montage Convention and Gala photos.
View our Gala Journal and remember to thank our sponsors for their support.
View speakers’ presentations:
°Greg Olsen, Acting Director, NYS Office for the Aging Greg Olsen, Aging Horizons in New York State
°Ron Deutch, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, New York State’s Fiscal Health
ºNora Dowd Eisenhower, Vice President, National Council on Aging, The Affordable Care Act – An Update
ºLouis Falvo, CIMA®, CDFA, Vice President, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Plan for the Retirement You Want and Avoiding Pitfalls in Retirement
ºMark Kissinger, Director, Division of Long Term Care, NYS Department of Health Medicaid Redesign and the Implementation of Managed Long Term Care
ºLara Kassel, Coordinator, Medicaid Matters New York, Medicaid Changes & the Need for an Enrollee Ombudsman
ºLeonard Rodberg, PhD, Research Director, NY Metro Chapter, Physicians for a National Health Plan, From ACA to Single Payer: Why Healthcare Reform is Still Needed
ºArt Mason, LMSW, Program Manager, Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester Financial Abuse of Seniors
ºGary Brown, Assistant Attorney General, NYS Department of Law,
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Initiative
ºMichael Burgess, Public Policy Consultant, NY StateWide Senior Action Council, Medicare Hospitalization Observation Status and The Future of Medicare
ºSuzanne Mattei, Director, New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment, Infection Control/How to Communicate with Doctors
ºRobert Zdenek, Program Manager, National Neighbors Silver Program, Mational Community Reinvestment Coalition, Age Friendly Banking Initiative
ºMisha Marvel, MSW, Nutirition Programs for Seniors Specialist, Hunger Solutions NY, Nutrition Assistance Program
ºMae Carpenter, Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services The Westchester Livable Communities Model
ºLinda Petrosino, Coordinator, NYS Office for the Aging Medicare Update
ºRhonda Cooper, Assistant Director, Bureau of Program Implementation & Administration, NYS Department of Health NYS EPIC Program
ºCathy Roberts, Senior Paralegal, Empire Justice Center, Dual Eligible Benefits Update
ºMallory Myers, MS, Brainpower
StateWide Develops Hospital Patient Tool Kit. More information.