Legislative Advocacy



Home Care Crisis.

StateWide is providing leadership to advocate on a new policy platform to address recruitment and retention incentives for home care workers.  We have found significant gaps in services based on a shortage of needed home care workers that allow a senior in need of assistance to remain in their own homes. Read our policy paper and join our coalition of supporters.

State Budget

Chart of proposed NYS budget funding for NYS Office for Aging programs,
State Fiscal Year 2018-19:  Click on this link

StateWide’s analysis Proposed 2018-19 State Budget Impact on Older Residents  

StateWide’s budget recommendations State 2018-2019 Budget Talking Points

StateWide’s Budget Advocacy – our state contracts need support: Helpline Talking Points

Proposed sfy 18-19 state budget impact on home care and workforce

NYSOFA 2016 report on Office of Community Living 
related to a proposed Office for Community Living, to coordinate Aging and Disability services through a single state agency.

  • The lengthy report is  available at this link
  • Several pages are dedicated to just recommendations.  You can read the recommendations at this link


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  May 10, 2016 – 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 350 seniors visited state legislators, attended briefings or participated in a rally in support of safe patient staffing.

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
New York Health (Improved Medicare for All) petition

Print and Circulate New York Single Payer Plan.  For more information see the legislation.  Read out Frequently Asked Questions on NY Health and Medicare to learn how this legislation will work with Medicare to improve your benefits and lower your costs.

Use as a model to get your local legislative governing body on board:  Sullivan County Legislature adopts resolution in support.

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. 

January 22, 2018-  What’s the future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?  See the handout


See StateWide’s recommendations.


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

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



NY Legislative Bill Tracker

      Our bill tracker is just a click away.  Check back frequently to view updated information.
bill tracker Updated January 30, 2018

2017 The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s federal bill tracker.

StateWide’s Legislative Priorities

2018 State Legislative Priorities

2018 US House of Representatives Congressional Session Calendar
2018 US Senate Congressional Session Calendar
2018 NYS Legislative Session Calendar

legislative visit report form


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


NYS Senate Health Committee 2013 Annual Report
NYS Assembly Aging Committee 2016 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 Carl Heastie

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan
Updated 2018 Members of the State Senate Aging Committee

Updated 2018 Members of the Assembly Aging Committee