About Us: Accomplishments

1972

– StateWide forms at a meeting in Glens Falls of senior leaders from around the state, offices established in New York City, Syracuse and Rochester with Robert O’Donnell as Executive Director

1970’s

– StateWide works on energy, Social Security and health issues.

1979

– StateWide plays a role in the passage of the Community Services for the Elderly (CSE) program which provides the core state funding for area agencies on aging programs; Board President Rev. Howard Hills leads an effort to push for state funding to assist with utility bills. This legislation passed in a special session of the state Legislature and then was vetoed by Governor Hugh Carey. In the only unanimous override of a veto in state history the funding is approved.

1981

– StateWide members are among those attending White House Conference on Aging; Rose Kryzak takes bullhorn to the floor to try to be heard.

1982

– StateWide moves its main offices to Albany and the organization became more directly involved in legislative issues.

1984

– StateWide works with a coalition that succeeded in getting legislation passed banning mandatory retirement; StateWide joins lawsuit against the state for diverting home heating funds to other purposes.

1986

– StateWide plays a major role in finally getting the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC) passed after several rallies including one led by President Rose Kryzak outside the office of Governor Mario Cuomo.

1987

– Medicare Patients Rights Hotline established; StateWide works extensively on regulations protecting consumers regarding hospital discharge policies.

1990

– StateWide leads campaign for Mandatory Medicare assignment which limits doctor overcharges

– StateWide helps pass reforms to EPIC Programs.

1993

– StateWide plays a role with children’s organizations in the passage of Child Health Plus.

1994

– StateWide members take part in White House Conference on Aging; StateWide plays a leadership role in passing Pre-Need Funeral Protections.

1995

– StateWide urges action after hundreds of seniors die in heatwave in Chicago; StateWide joins fight against Medicare cuts proposed by Newt Gingrich.

1996

– StateWide works for reforms of HMOs and passage of managed care bill of rights.

1997

– StateWide plays a role in urging the Attorney General to become more active in health care consumer protections.

1999/2000

-StateWide plays a key role in helping to expand the EPIC Program’s income eligibility limits.

– StateWide and Coalition Partners helped secure almost $6 million in additional funding for SNAP, CSE, CSI, EISEP, LTC ombuds Program, Social Model Adult Day Care and Senior Center Renovation and Construction.

– Helped to urge Senate to hold hearings on the high cost of prescriptions

2005

– Statewide is awarded a federal grant to conduct outreach and education on the new Medicare Part D drug benefit, and its interface with EPIC. The project focuses on establishing monitoring teams throughout the state, providing Helpline support to Seniors and community members, and meeting directly with seniors

2009

– Statewide is named lead organization in the roll out of the New York State Elder Economic Security Index in conjunction with WOW and the U-MASS

 

2011

– Statewide and coalition partners successfully advocated to restore budget funding for senior centers through Title XX, reduce budget cuts to the EPIC program and provide an additional year of services through NYConnects.

2012

-Statewide receives a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies to establish our Patient Advocates Program.

2013

– Statewide identified that Medicare beneficiaries were being denied information on their hospital admission status, resulting in a new law in NYS requiring hospitals to disclose if a patient was assigned to observation status. The law, first in the nation, went into effect in January 2014.

2014

-Statewide and coalition partners advocated for expansion of income limits for the state EPIC (Elderly Prescription Insurance Coverage Program) to $75,000 for single people and $100,000 for couples, and for an increase in state funding for the local Offices for Aging services.  Both initiatives were included in the 2014 State Budget.

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StateWide History
Mission
Accomplishments
Board of Directors
Staff List and Bios
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Collaborating Organizations