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New York State News
Historic Reform Paves Way for $7.3 Billion DSRIP Investment Press Release (6/29/2015) - Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Governor Cuomo announced this week that the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, which enables New York to invest $7.3 billion of Medicaid savings over the next five years into transforming its health care system, has now made specific funding allocations to 25 provider networks across New York State. Click here for the press releases and the funding allocations. 
Health Systems Compete for State Medicaid Reform Funds - Monday, April 20, 2015
Buffalo Business First (3/25/2015)  
Two groups of health providers in Western New York have filed very different proposals in response to a state Medicaid redesign effort. One group has set very aggressive goals for itself as it works to reduce costs and improve services; the other is taking a more conservative approach that could mean a higher chance of success, but also comes with fewer dollars. Read more
NY Medicaid Program Steps Up Efforts to Shift Reimbursement System from Volume to Value - Monday, April 20, 2015
Time Warner Cable News (3/16/2015)
"This sea change in health care financing will have practical and significant impacts in the actual patient experience," says New York State Medicaid director Jason Helgerson. View 
Hospitals and Major Union to Study Workers' Future - Monday, April 20, 2015
The state's largest health care union is teaming up with management to blunt the expected impact of state reforms that will reshape how health care workers interact with their employers and patients. Read more. 
Total Senior Care to add Wellsville program - Monday, April 20, 2015
Olean Times Herald (4/1/2015)
Starting this summer, a new senior citizen service will be available in Wellsville's former Community Center. Our service will provide them with the frequent socialization they need. Read more
Elected officials make special deliveries. - Monday, April 20, 2015
Time was turned back several decades when Olean Mayor Bill Aiello delivered a Meals on Wheels dinner Wednesday to a woman who turned out to be an old friend from his childhood neighborhood. The former neighbor, Dolores Estes, was just as surprised to see Aiello, who participated in the annual Community Champion Days event conducted by the Cattaraugus County Department of Aging's Senior Wellness and Nutrition Program. Read more
Raise your voice about the Older Americans Act - Monday, April 20, 2015
Auburn Citizen (3/10/2015)
Now is the time to get people motivated to advocate and appeal to our lawmakers that the reauthorization of this act is a priority. We all are aging, and many of us will be relying on these programs down the road when we need them. Read more
Retired Senior Volunteer Program enriches lives of senior citizens - Monday, April 20, 2015
The Buffalo News (4/14/2015)
A woman called our office one day and said there was an RSVP program in New Jersey that had all these retired Columbia faculty teaching for them. They were holding it in a church. She asked if we could do something like that here. Read more
Finances Tarnish Golden Years - Monday, April 20, 2015
Observer-Dispatch (2/18/2015)
"We do have quite a bit more who are staying in workforce longer to make ends meet," Fox said. She said she sees the impact in the 85-plus population, too. "I think because our older adults are living longer, they're living beyond their savings, if they did have any," Fox said. Read more
Chin and Vallone Won't Call Budget Responsible Without Funding for Aging - Monday, April 20, 2015
New York Observer (3/24/2015)
"In less than 15 years, New York's over-65 population will skyrocket and the need for increased support and services will grow exponentially. It is imperative that government funding keep pace with this need," Igal Jellinek, the group's executive director, said. Read more
NY White House Conference on Aging Recommendations are In - Monday, April 20, 2015
Aging-NY (4/15/2015)
The New York's White House Conference on Aging Survey received more than 800 survey responses during March and April from New Yorkers making recommendations on everything from how to develop a home care workforce to reforming Medicare reimbursement policies. A report will be released in May.

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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. read more ...
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
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
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. 
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.  
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. 
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 more ...
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 more ...
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