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New York State News
Independent Democratic Conference Releases Senior Affordability Report - Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Independent Democratic Conference released a report presenting several proposals to make New York State more affordable for senior citizens at a press conference on March 19th. View article

All 50 States on the $6.4 Billion DSRIP Model Webinar (Center for Health Care Strategies - Thursday, December 11, 2014
NYS Department of Health staff covered the financing structure, project domains, measurement approach and evaluation criteria of New York's $6.4 Billion Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) plan program in a webinar attended by representatives from every state. Everyone is hungry for information on the subject of reforming the health care delivery system, said Gregory S. Allen, Director of Policy, during the presentation. Click here for slides from the presentation. 

New Helpline for Bureau of Adult Services (OCFS) - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
The Office of Children and Family Services has announced a new phone number to reach a helpline for the Bureau of Adult Services. New Yorkers should dial 1-844-697-3505 to reach the state's Human Services Call Center (HSCC). Read more

Experts Weigh in on DSRIP Funding at NYC Health Summit (DotMed Daily News) - Friday, October 03, 2014
A recent health summit on the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program brought up a lot of questions, including the question of what will happen to workers displaced by a more efficient  system of care? Read more

In Light of DSRIP, Hospitals Consider their Collective Fate Crain's (New York Business) - Wednesday, October 01, 2014
To entice the health care industry to participate in the reform process, formally known as Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program, or DSRIP, the state has a very large carrot. What else will they need? Read more

New York on Track for Billion-Dollar Baby Boomer Flight Problem (AARP) - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sixty percent of Baby Boomers in New York State's workforce say they're likely to take their retirement income and savings to another state and expressed their concern in a report on the 2014 State of the 50+ in New York State report. Click here to read a report on the state of the 50 plus crowd and for more on the subject. Click here to watch more on "Capital Tonight." 

WMHT-TV Examines Aging Issues with New Series (WMHT-TV) - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Albany Guardian Society and WMHT Educational Telecommunications have produced "Age Wise," a 13-part television series devoted to the topic of aging and how seniors successfully confront common matters of concern for aging New Yorkers. Click here for air times. Click here to watch past episodes in full. 

Gov. Dispatches State's Consumer Protection Unit (Long Island News and PRs) - Thursday, August 21, 2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will dispatch the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection to conduct training sessions for older New Yorkers on how to protect themselves against fraud, a move applauded by New York State Office for the Aging Director Corinda Crossdale. Read more

As Prisoners Age, Problems Grow, Risks Decrease (Times Union) - Thursday, August 07, 2014
It may seem counter-intuitive, coming from someone who spent his career running prisons, but retired state Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer believes there are too many aging inmates who should be released. Read more. 

Helping Seniors Help Local Farmers (Legislative Gazette) - Monday, July 14, 2014
Gov. Cuomo announced recently that $1.5 million in farmers' market checks are being distributed again across the state. The coupons provide an incentive for eligible individuals to include locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet and support local farmers, according to Corinda Crossdale, Director of the New York State Office for the Aging. Read more

State Announces $100M for Brooklyn in First Waiver Awards (Capital) - Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Medicaid Waiver money is beginning to find its way to the Medicaid population through an infusion of $500 million set aside for safety-net hospitals. Read more

State Health Department Releases Report on Obamacare in NY (Daily News) - Wednesday, June 25, 2014
"The year-one results show strong activity throughout the state and across many important measures such as age, prior insurance status, affordability, and health plan options," according to Donna Frescatore, Executive Director of NY State of Health. Read more. 

Klein and Cuomo on the Independent Democratic Conference (Gov. Cuomo) - Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Jeffrey Klein released a joint statement on the Independent Democratic Conference saying: IDC members are united and agree to work together to form a new majority coalition between the Independent Democratic Conference and the Senate Democratic Conference. Read more

A Chiseled Bodybuilder, Frail Clients and a Fitness Story for the Ages (NYTimes) - Friday, June 20, 2014
Years ago, his chiseled physique, bowling ball biceps and camera-ready smile brought him fame across his homeland in West Africa. Today Mr. Addo uses his imposing muscles and hard-won expertise to help frail seniors like Mrs. Friedman restore their balance, mobility and strength. Read more

Niagara Falls Memorial Receives OK to Pursue Niagara-Orleans...(Niagara Frontier Publications) - Friday, June 13, 2014
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center received the approval to ask other health care organizations to join the Niagara-Orleans DSRIP coalition. Agencies and organizations that do so can be sure they will play a significant role in New York state's health care delivery system reform. Read more.  

After consulting, Cuomo ally to oversee Medicaid money (Capital) - Friday, June 13, 2014
Former deputy secretary of health Jim Introne is returning to the state Department of Health to help oversee the disbursal of more than $6 billion in federal money from a recently approved Medicaid waiver, possibly to health care organizations who are clients of the politically well-connected firm he recently worked for. Read more.  

Cuomo Ally to Oversee $6 Billion for Health Care Delivery System Reform Known as DSRIP (Capital) - Monday, June 09, 2014
Former deputy secretary of health Jim Introne is returning to the state Department of Health to help oversee the disbursal of more than $6 billion in federal money from a recently approved Medicaid Waiver. Read more

Age Friendly Communities: What It Means for Your County (NYSAC) - Thursday, June 05, 2014
A 2010 AARP survey found 85 percent of Americans 45 and older want to stay in their communities and their homes. How do we make that possible? Read more.  

Health commissioner's resignation comes at crucial time (lohud) - Thursday, April 24, 2014
The impending resignation of New York's top health official comes at a crucial time for the state Department of Health. Read more. 

Under criticism, NY health commissioner to resign (Democrat & Chronicle) - Thursday, April 24, 2014
The state's health commissioner is resigning at the end of June amid criticism over his drawn-out review of whether New York should move forward with hydraulic fracturing. Read more 

NY Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, a target of fracking critics, quits... (The Associate Press) - Thursday, April 24, 2014
New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah will step down in June to take an executive position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California, the health department said Wednesday. Read more 

Quality of Managed Long-Term Care Plans Gets Closer Look (New York State Dept. of Health) - Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Medicaid and Medicare recipients who require 120-plus days per year of community based, long-term services are required to enroll in Managed Long Term Care. Click here for a report describing 38 of New York's certified MLTC plans and their quality of care. 

Reducing Avoidable Hospital Use through Delivery System Reform (New York State Dept. of Health) - Monday, April 14, 2014
New York has finalized terms and conditions with the federal government for an $8 billion waiver that will allow the state to reinvest savings generated by Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) reforms. The waiver's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program will promote community-level collaborations and focus on system reform. Click here for more information. 

100,000 Direct Care Workers Receive Pay Raise (The Washington Times) - Monday, April 14, 2014
New York's new budget will increase pay 2 percent for about 100,000 residential and developmental aides and food service workers at nonprofits funded by six state agencies that serve developmentally disabled, mentally ill, addicted, elderly and juvenile clients. Read more

Gov. Cuomo Places Blame for DOH Chief's Departure (Newsday) - Thursday, April 10, 2014
What did Gov. Cuomo blame for the health commissioner's resignation from the NYS Department of Health? Click here to find out. 

New York Lawmakers Pass Fourth Consecutive On-Time Budget (lohud) - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
New York lawmakers passed the state's fourth consecutive on-time budget late Monday, with the Assembly passing the spending plan's final piece with 45 minutes to spare. Click here

State Budget Deal Reached (The New York Times) - Saturday, March 29, 2014
New York State's budget has been passed and the spending plan totals about $138 billion, reflects a year-to-year increase of about 2 percent. The budget must still be approved by the Legislature. Click here

Independent Democratic Conference Releases Senior Affordability Report (Madison County Courier) - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Independent Democratic Conference released a report presenting several proposals to make New York State more affordable for senior citizens at a press conference on March 19th. View article


United Hospital Funds Report on Medicaid Reforms (Medicaid Institute at United Hospital Fund) - Saturday, March 15, 2014
The shift of Medicaid home- and community-based long-term care services(HCBS) from fee-for-service (FFS) in 2010 to a predominantly managed care model in 2013 has been documented in a new report. Read brief

Report on Mandatory MLTC Enrollment Policy (Medicaid Institute at United Hospi - Saturday, March 15, 2014
The Medicaid Institute at United Hospital Fund provides an overview of New York State's mandatory MLTC enrollment policy, including the implementation schedule and beneficiaries' plan options. Read brief

Senator Valesky Named Chair of Senate Aging Committee (New York State Senate) - Thursday, February 27, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was named Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee today, a post he previously held from 2011-12. “I am pleased to resume chairmanship of the Aging Committee and look forward to taking the lead on policy issues that are important to seniors and their families,” Senator Valesky said. “With Baby Boomers entering retirement age, aging issues are among the state’s most important.” Read more

NY gets a waiver, and the complicated part begins (Capital) - Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Federal officials confirmed the agreement, but said that all the details had not yet been worked out, and that receiving the full amount would be contingent on benchmarks along the way. Read more

Statement From Governor Cuomo on $8 Billion MRT Waiver (Press Release) - Thursday, February 13, 2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York has reached an agreement in principle on a federal waiver that will allow the state to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings generated by the Medicaid Redesign Team over five years to transform the state's health care system and preserve vital health services in Brooklyn and other parts of the state including struggling hospitals. Read more.  

Federal Agency and New York State Are in Accord Over $8 Billion Medicaid Waiver (The New York Times) - Thursday, February 13, 2014
The Obama administration has agreed “in principle” to grant an $8 billion Medicaid adjustment for New York State that could help stabilize some hospitals in Brooklyn and would reconfigure the delivery of health care there and throughout the state, state officials said on Thursday. Read more.  

NY to get $8B Medicaid waiver; staves off cuts (Democrat & Chronicle) - Thursday, February 13, 2014
New York will receive an $8 billion Medicaid waiver from the federal government that will stave off cuts in programs and services, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. Read more.  

State reaches deal for $8 billion Medicaid waiver (Capital) - Thursday, February 13, 2014
The Cuomo administration announced today it had reached an agreement in principle with the federal government on an $8 billion Medicaid waiver, $2 billion less than the state originally sought. Read more.  

Reactions To Federal Approval Of Health Care Waiver ( The Daily Politics) - Thursday, February 13, 2014
Reaction to the federal approval of an $8 billion federal waiver for the state to re-invest in revitalizing its health care system has brought swift reaction. Read more.  

Gov. Cuomo Proposes Establishing Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (NY Health Care Blog) - Friday, January 24, 2014
The governor's 2014-15 budget provides funding for establishing Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) as well as support for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. Read more

Crossdale is Cuomo Pick for Director of NYSOFA (Press Release) - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Pending her confirmation by the New York State Senate, Ms. Crossdale will serve as Acting Director, where she will lead the New York State Office for Aging's efforts to improve access to cost-effective non-medical support services for older individuals to maximize their ability to age in their communities and avoid higher levels of publicly-financed care. Read more

Visiting Nurse Service Cuts 500 Workers (The New York Times) - Friday, October 25, 2013
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York laid off 500 employees on Wednesday, part of the fallout from state scrutiny of enrollment practices that drew fit elderly people into programs meant for frail and disabled patients. Read More 

Mandatory Managed Care in New York State Nursing Homes (Long Term Care Community Coalition) - Wednesday, October 23, 2013
In possibly the most significant development in nursing home care since passage of the federal Nursing Home Reform Law in 1987, New York is transforming the way frail elderly and disabled individuals access nursing homes. Read More 

Excellus to drop health insurance programs for more than 22,000 poor and... ( - Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is dropping out of public health insurance programs for the poor and the disabled in a move that will affect more than 22,000 Central New Yorkers. Read More 

Comment Period Open for Proposed Hybrid Adult Day Services (NYS Register) - Wednesday, October 09, 2013
The NYS Register published a proposed Department of Health regulatory amendment to create a hybrid model of adult day health care in nursing homes. Comments are due 45 days from the August 28 publication date. Read more. (pages 8-9)

Medicaid Redesign Team Initiative to Provide Housing to 5,000 High-Need Individuals (Press Release) - Wednesday, October 09, 2013
The first phase of Gov. Cuomo's Supportive Housing Initiative includes a commitment of $46.7 million in capital funds to construct 12 new buildings in the next 24 to 36 months that will create 483 new supportive housing units. The buildings will be located at the following locations throughout the state. Click here

N.Y.'s New Health Exchanges: What You Need to Know (The Journal News) - Wednesday, October 09, 2013
The Manhattan Institute, a business-backed group in New York City, estimates New Yorkers buying health insurance on the open market will pay 29 percent less in January than they had been paying. Read more

Future of County Nursing Homes in NYS Is in Jeopardy (CGR Press Release) - Tuesday, August 20, 2013
In a new statewide study, the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) finds 92% of county-owned nursing homes outside New York City lost money in 2010, and without significant changes in how they operate, most have little chance to survive. Read More.

CGR has created a special website where key findings, recommendations for the state, guidelines for counties, the full report, information on study partners, and more are posted. See: Full report

Visit the CGR website to learn more on the Center for Governmental Research.  

New York State Rethinks Medicaid (WSJ) - Wednesday, August 07, 2013
To bring down its soaring Medicaid budget, New York state wants to move thousands of low-income patients from hospitals, homeless shelters, group homes and nursing facilities into apartments. Read more

Immigrant Struggles Compounded by Old Age (The New York Times) - Thursday, July 25, 2013
Besides being one of the fastest-growing demographic groups, older immigrants are also among the most vulnerable. Many are not only poised to strain the social safety net but fall through it entirely. Read more

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments to Deputy Secretary for Health and Commissioners of OMH and OP - Thursday, July 25, 2013
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointments of Courtney Burke as the administration’s new Deputy Secretary for Health. Read More

Council Bill Would Crack Down on Proliferation of Adult Day Care Centers - Tuesday, July 02, 2013
New York City officials said on Thursday that they would introduce legislation to crack down on Medicaid-supported senior day care centers that lure relatively healthy clients with enticements like free takeout food and even cash. Read more. 

State Rewards Home Care Firms Once Rebuked (NYTimes) - Monday, June 24, 2013
Now a transformation of the state’s long-term care system is in high gear, as the state has extended invitations to agencies to be a part of the new system. Among those chosen: Excellent and Extended, both previously part of a settlement of false claims. Read more.

Bloomberg's Climate Plan Includes Elderly Database - Monday, June 17, 2013
The climate resiliency plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg released last week includes a database to keep track of frail and elderly who are living on their own in order to assist them if needed. Read more

SAGE Commission Calls Aging Network Programs Cost Effective Alternatives (Poughkeepsie Journal) - Thursday, March 21, 2013
The governor’s Spending and Government Efficiency Commission has released a report recognizing the efficiency of delivery and program effectiveness of services provided through the New York state Office for the Aging. read more ...

AARP Says Minimum Wage Hike Moves New York Workers Closer to Livable Wage (AARP) - Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The legislation, passed by the Assembly earlier this year, would raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour, or, for someone working full-time, year-round, the increase would be from making roughly $15,080 to $18,720. Governor Cuomo's plan calls for an increase to $8.75 an hour or $18,200 a year.  New York has not increased its minimum wage since 2009. read more ...

More effort needed to protect elderly from financial abuse (The Buffalo News) - Monday, February 18, 2013
Both New York State and the federal government need to strengthen legislation to protect our senior citizens from financial exploitation. If not, then it won’t just be the victims who pay the price. read more ...

Immigration and the Elderly (The Huffington Post) - Monday, February 04, 2013
Efforts to formulate policy around immigration should take account of the plight of one vital but often invisible sector of the labor force: long-term care workers. read more ...

Retirees Critical to New York State's Economy (AgingNY) - Friday, November 30, 2012
The portrayal of seniors as only "takers" and not "givers" by Ross Douthat in his Nov. 4 NY Times op ed, A Time for Choosing, appeared just as the Aging Network received a Genesee Transportation Council white paper called "Retaining Seniors to Revitalize our Region." "The evidence is mounting: New York State should be concerned with the health and well being of its older residents because they are increasingly the economic base upon which a lot of the state is built," said Laura Cameron, Executive Director of the New York State Area Agencies on Aging. Read more 

Mapping Hurricane Sandy’s Deadly Toll (The New York Times) - Saturday, November 17, 2012
Some patterns emerged in mapping the deaths in the region. Elderly residents were hit especially hard, with close to half of the people who died age 65 or older. read more ...

Effort helps N.Y. Sniors Who Lack Power, Drugs After Storm (Associated Press) - Saturday, November 17, 2012
Some of society's most vulnerable people — the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill — have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from superstorm Sandy. read more ...

"Observation" Admission Impacts Medicare Bills (Times Union) - Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A sick man walks into an emergency room and doctors keep him in the hospital for a few days of treatment. Was he admitted to the hospital? read more ...
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