NY Health Act (Single Payer)
StateWide supports the right of New Yorkers to have a universal, single payer health system, eliminating premiums and co-payments for access to quality health care services. For more information please see the following link: https://www.nyhcampaign.org/learn or view our NY Health and Medicare FAQ.
Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act
StateWide’s members are advocating that the state must make sure that there is sufficient staff to respond in a timely manner to a hospital or nursing home patient’s call bell. Safe nursing staff to patient ratios reduce accidents, prevent infections and save lives.
For more information please see the following link: https://www.nysna.org/what’s-proposed-law#.W2TMbPZFz8w
Medicare Observation Status
Medicare requires 3 days of inpatient placement requirement to qualify for Part A coverage of post acute rehab in a skilled nursing facility. However, Medicare policies enacted a few years ago dictate that hospitals place many older persons staying overnight into “outpatient observation status” instead of admitting them that thus they areunable to meet the 3 day requirement. This places them at risk for paying the full cost of such care. Read more…
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.
By Robert Gavin An anesthesiologist from Columbia County is charged with taking kickbacks in a Medicare fraud scheme in which she prescribed knee braces and topical cream for patients she never met or examined — including a man who could not walk. Federal prosecutors...read more
A State Supreme Court judge ruled that a lawsuit over inaccessible subway stations can move forward.
June 5, 2019 Today was a big day for our state lawsuit which attacks the widespread inaccessibility of the subway system under the New York City Human Rights Law. Judge Hagler, ruling from the bench, denied the MTA and the City of New York’s motions to dismiss our...read more
The NY State Senate and Assembly will be holding the first joint hearing on Tues. May 28th in Albany on the New York Health Act [A5248/S3577] -- legislation for universal, guaranteed healthcare! We need a strong grassroots showing -- sign up now to join us in...read more