Legislative Advocacy


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  May 20, 2014 – Hundreds of New York seniors participated in Grassroots Advocacy Day and showed support for Safe Staffing legislation.  Read StateWide’s position paper on safe staffing ratios.

Over 200 seniors visited more than 50 state legislators and those that remained at the conference learned how to get their friends and family to support issues of importance to New York seniors.

It’s important to show the strength of a unified senior voice for quality health care and consumer protections.

You can circulate petitions in support of important issues to seniors on the state and federal level.  Just click on the links and print.
Strengthen Social Security
Protect Medicare
Support New York Health Single Payer

The NYS Budget has been adopted for State Fiscal Year 2014-15.  See  StateWide’s report on budget issues impacting older New Yorkers.

October 22, 2013.  NYS Legislation requiring hospitals to disclose to Medicare enrollees whether they are admitted under inpatient billing (Medicare Part A) or observation status (Medicare Part B) has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  Read StateWide’s Press Release

Federal legislation is pending to have observation status hospital stays count toward rehab the same way that inpatient days so.  Read more.

Federal Issues Highlighted.  See StateWide’s recommendations.

2013 Sequestration, Federal Budget Battles, Proposed Chained CPI for Social Security COLA – more here.

StateWide Senior Action Council is urging the Legislative Leaders and the Governor to support pending legislation that will prevent patient falls and other injuries.  The bill can be viewed at this link: A2180/S1123.   It would have the state DOH establish a policy for hospitals and nursing homes to implement that would reduce the risk of harm to health care consumers when they are assisted with repositioning or transferring.


Updated list of NY Congressionsal Co-Sponsors and sample letter requesting support.
US Sen. Schumer calls for a fix for Medicare Hospital Observation Status Problems

NY Legislative Bill Tracker

      Our bill tracker is just a click away.  Check back frequently to view updated information.
Bill Tracker   Updated August 12, 2014


NEW! The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s federal bill tracker.

Print and Circulate New York Single Payer Plan.  For more information see the legislation.  Sullivan County Legislature adopts resolution in support.


UPDATED 2014 Congressional Session Calendar
UPDATED 2014 NYS Legislative Session Calendar

Learn more about  State Budget Funding for Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program  MCCAP

StateWide’s Budget Testimony, February 13, 2012
Read the testimony

StateWide’s Legislative Priorities

NYS Senate Health Committee 2013 Annual Report
NYS Assembly Aging Committee 2011 Annual Report
NYS Senate Aging Committee 2011 Round Table on the SAGE Commission’s proposal to merge the NYS Office for the Aging with the Dept of Health

Coalitions and Sign On Letters
StateWide often signs on to coalitions and joins in the work of other organizations.  Sometimes that includes co-signing advocacy letters.  Review a list of coalitions or current sign on letters.

Find Your Legislators:

Look up your State and Federal representatives

Contacts for NYS policymakers:

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Senate Majority Coalition Co-LeaderDean Skelos
Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Jeffrey Klein

Updated 2013 Members of the State Senate Aging Committee

Updated 2013 Members of the Assembly Aging Committee