StateWide In The News
StateWide members and staff are often making news to raise the importance of senior issues.
3-19-14 StateWide members joined a Senate Independent Democratic Conference press event on Making NY More Affordable for Our Seniors. Included in the report were proposals to increase income eligibility for EPIC and to add funds for community-based services for seniors. Both became part of the finalized state budget. See video of the press conference. See the news coverage.
2-11-14 StateWide Executive Director Maria Alvarez speaks at a NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference press conference in support of paid family and medical leave. “No New Yorker should have to chose between caring for their family members and earning a living. That’s why paid family medical leave is so important, especially for the more than 4 million NYS family caregivers who save New York $32 billion annually in costs for long term care. It’s time that New York provide a benefit to helps these families when they need to care for a seriously ill family member. New York’s seniors thank Sen. Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference for providing the leadership to establish an insurance benefit that will make a real difference.”
1-28-14 Statewide hosts a forum for seniors with Albany County elected leaders. Board member Deb Riitano was interviewed by the local CBS TV affiliate.
8-26-13 StateWide Executive Director Maria Alvarez was interviewed for a story that appeared in the Money Section of USA Today about seniors who are unclear if they need to purchase insurance through the Health Care Exchange created by the Affordable Care Act. The Exchange, in New York now named “NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace” does not apply to anyone 65 or over. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/08/24/medicare-health-insurance-marketplace/2692977/
7-9-13 StateWide was interviewed in relation to financial abuse targeting elders after a Capital District arrest of a sweepstakes scammer. See the coverage on YNN.
2-21-13 Albany Times Union US Senator Schumer joins StateWide to urge a fix for Medicare Observation Hospital Status and article encourages readers to call StateWide for assistance.
2-19-13 Albany Times Union reports on press conference with Congressman Tonko on the need to avert sequestration.
Calling $85 billion in pending budget cuts “mindless,” U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko on Monday joined advocates in demanding alternatives that would stave off potentially devastating effects of the reductions on seniors and the middle class.The advocates and the Amsterdam Democratic lawmaker suggested the government gradually reduce spending while cutting tax breaks for oil companies, large corporations and the richest 2 percent of Americans.
12-18-12 Albany Times Union reports on problems with Medicare Hospitalization Observation Status and encourages readers to call StateWide for assistance.
12-7-12 StateWide comments in radio story on the possible impact of the fiscal cliff on senior services
3-27-12 StateWide President Jim Collins was in DC and joined the crowd outside the Supreme Court while they deliberated the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on March 27, 2012. He was interviewed on the radio by NPR in Boston and was the first speaker on the radio broadcast “Here and Now”. The link is below (there may be a short commercial that plays first.) http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/03/27/health-care-math/player
March 21, 2011 Oneida Daily StateWide Senior Action Council Praises Assembly for Restoring EPIC Funds
February 2011 Legislative Gazette Budget cuts worry advocates of all stripes
November 2010 Legislative Gazette Retiring OFA director vows to continue in advocacy role
October 2010, Elmira: Reporting on the Elder Security Index, print article and video interview
Watch video of the Launch of New York’s Elder Security Index
A vintage story from 1988: Young at Heart Politically, Elderly Lobby