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Senator Valesky Named Chair of Senate Aging Committee - 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

Visiting Nurse Service Cuts 500 Workers - 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 - 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 disabled in CNY - 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 - 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 - 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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