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Observation Status Timely Notification Becomes Law in NYS

NY StateWide Senior Action Council issued a press release upon learning that Governor Cuomo signed into law the bill sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (Nassau County) and Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes (Erie County.)


October 22, 2013 Governor Cuomo Signs Observation Status Bill into LAW!

StateWide Senior Action Council is delighted to report that Governor Cuomo has signed into law the bill we worked on to require hospitals to disclose if a patient was in observation status within 24 hours of that decision being made.  The bill is now Chapter 397 of the Laws of 2013. We sincerely appreciate the […]


Call Gov. Cuomo TODAY to support Observation Status Notification bill

Observation Status Notification Legislation has passed the NYS Assembly and Senate.  It now awaits the Governor’s action. Will he sign it into law or veto it by Saturday? TODAY – StateWide is asking you to invest 30 seconds and make sure the Governor knows this issue is important. Make one phone call to the Governor’s […]


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CONVENTION 2014. Save the Date – October 14-16, Saratoga Springs.

2013 was a great success. Don’t miss the next annual convention – get the latest information, network with colleagues, meet friends – old and new!  Stay tuned for more information


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 has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. It will require hospitals to tell patients what their billing status is.  See more on Observation Status.   See our Legislative Page for more information.

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



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.

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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