Legislative Advocacy

EMERGING ISSUES

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

http://www.nysenior.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/get-involved.jpgCome to Albany on May 20, 2014 for StateWide’s Grassroots Advocacy Day.  OR make appointments to visit state Assemblymembers and State Senators in their home district office to discuss priority  issues for older New Yorkers.  Contact Statewide for more information on how to schedule appointments.

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.


OBSERVATION STATUS

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
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NY Legislative Bill Tracker
Our bill tracker is just a click away.  Check back frequently to view updated information.
Bill Tracker   Updated March 17, 2014

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

RESOURCES

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
2014 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
2014 STATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Reports
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