New York StateWide Senior Action Council (“StateWide”) urges the NYS Legislature and the Governor to address our priority concerns in the 2024 Session. We will be strong advocates on issues related to:
- 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 the eligibility, rights and access to services for all New Yorkers with a focus on specific solutions for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees
- improving health delivery systems and access to care,
- addressing widespread health and housing inequality that disproportionately impacts persons of lower income and persons of color needs immediate action.
- supporting access to all medically approved health care, including reproductive care services, to ensure privacy between patient and practitioner and ensure that government policies do not discriminate.
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 (S7590, Rivera/A7897, Assy. Paulin)
- repeal of the SFY2020-21 Medicaid home care consumer cuts, including S328 Rivera/A6346 Assy. Paulin, to ameliorate cuts that are expected to be implemented in SFY2024-25.
- rejection of austerity budgeting and increasing 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.
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