Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Goals for 2021

New York StateWide Senior Action Council urges the NYS Legislature and the Governor to address our priority concerns in the 2021 Session. We will be strong advocates on issues related to:

  • response to the Coronavirus and, moving forward, adequacy of planning for
    disaster preparedness/public health emergencies
  • the home care worker shortage ensuring quality of care in hospitals and nursing homes and upholding consumer rights
  • universal access to broadband connectivity, especially important due to
    the expanded reliance on tele-health services,
  • adequate funding for services for older residents, including continued funding for
    StateWide’s Patient Rights Helpline and Medicare & EPIC counseling programs
    improving health and prescription drug benefits
  • protecting the eligibility, rights and services of Medicaid enrollees and
    preventing Medicaid cuts to Enhanced Safety Net Hospitals
  • improving health delivery systems and access to care,
  • elimination of racial and economic disparities.

      To accomplish these goals, we urge adoption of various bills and specifically urge the:

      • adoption of the New York Health Act, which places patients before profits, expands benefits and achieves savings for most covered New
        Yorkers and the state (A6058, Assy. Gottfried/S5474, Sen. Rivera)
      • elimination of the self-imposed state spending cap and the Medicaid Global Cap (A226, Assy. Gottfried/S5255, Sen. Rivera) to ensure the needed investment in services,
      • increase revenues by taxing those most able to afford to pay, ending the stock transfer tax rebate and ensuring that older residents on limited
        incomes do not face a burden of increased property taxes.

      State Legislative Priority Issues for 2021 (Continued)


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