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Times-Union: Lawmakers hear of crisis in home care

By Casey Seiler, 2/27/17

The system that provides home care for New York’s ailing, elderly and disabled populations is in crisis due primarily to economic pressures, including a state reimbursement formula that has pushed some rural care providers to the brink of not being able to make payroll.

That was the message conveyed by dozens of witnesses who attended a Capitol hearing Monday called by the Assembly committees on health, aging, labor and health. The Legislature returns to Albany on Tuesday to begin the final month of negotiation of the budget.

City & State – Lawmakers: Obamacare repeal a complex and complicated equation for New York

By Ashley Hupfl, 2/21/17

The potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the uncertainty over what might replace it have state lawmakers warning of a major budget hole in New York – and wondering how to remedy it.

At City & State’s State of New York Finance event on Tuesday, a panel of lawmakers and industry officials had more questions than solutions for how the state will prepare for and respond to a full repeal of the health care law, widely known as Obamacare.

PRESS ADVISORY – Workers, Patient Advocates, Providers to Testify on Home Care Workforce Needs

Contact:                                                         February 21, 2017
Mischa Sogut
518-455-4941
SogutM@nyassembly.gov

On Wednesday, February 22, the Assembly Committees on Health, Aging, Labor, and Task Force on People with Disabilities will hold a public hearing in New York City on the crisis of New York’s inadequate home care workforce.

Home care allows individuals to receive health care and personal services to live at home instead of in a nursing home or other facility. There is a growing shortage of home care services for the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are chronically ill. Advocates note that there is a shortage of home care workers that is causing waitlists for these services across the state at a time when demand is increasing. Inadequate Medicaid funding for home care may be a significant obstacle to hiring and keeping people in the home care workforce.

The hearing will focus on obstacles to recruiting, employing, and retaining a sufficient workforce. Witnesses are expected to include patient advocacy groups and self-advocates, home care and disability service providers, and home care workers and organized labor groups.

What:
NYS Assembly public hearing on home care workforce

Who:
-NYS Assembly Committees on Health, Aging, and Labor, and Task Force on People with Disabilities
-Patient advocates and self-advocates
-Service providers
-Home care workers

Where:
250 Broadway
19th Floor
New York, New York
10007

The hearings will also be webcast live at:
http://assembly.state.ny.us/av/

When:
Wednesday, February 22
11 AM

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Times-Union: N.Y. lawmakers question health officials on drug prices, executive power, spending

By Claire Hughes, 2/16/17

Drug price controls, the adequacy of Medicaid payments and expanding the power of the Health Department were among the topics discussed at a legislative hearing Thursday on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for health and Medicaid.

An underlying theme was uncertainty about what action President Donald Trump and a Republican-led Congress might take on the Affordable Care Act, which could affect health insurance subsidies for New Yorkers, and funding for women’s reproductive health clinics, including Planned Parenthood.

 “Much is happening in Washington,” state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker told lawmakers. “If the ACA were repealed, that would be a major concern, with millions of people potentially losing health care.”

BALCONY Radio interview

I spoke to the Business and Labor Coalition of NY on WOR 710 AM radio, regarding the new administration’s threats to the Affordable Care Act, and the need for a universal, single-payer healthcare system:  https://soundcloud.com/lou-gordon-845856577/balcony-ny-1-29-17 (segment starts at 23 minutes).

State of Politics: Assembly Health Chair Raises Concerns With Trump Impact

By Nick Reisman, 12/14/16

The longtime chairman of the Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday released a lengthy essay on the potential impacts on health-care policy by the incoming Donald Trump presidential administration.

Those concerns raised by Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, a Manhattan Democrat, range from the new federal administration gutting medical marijuana laws on the state level, scaling back benefits for Medicaid recipients and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which could blow a $2 billion hole in the state budget.

“The first step in stopping or reversing these attacks is to clearly understand what’s at stake and spread the word,” Gottfried wrote in the statement released by his office. “There is hardly anything more rigged against working people than health care. The Trump-Republican agenda will make it worse.

Gottfried’s solution to bolster health care in New York under Trump is his long-stalled proposal for universal coverage in New York through a single-payer system.

“Instead of regressive premiums, deductibles, co-pays and out-of-network charges, it would be funded fairly through broad-based taxes based on ability to pay,” Gottfried wrote. “The Assembly passed the bill in 2015 and 2016 – helping to move it from being “a great idea that could never happen” to something really achievable. In 2017, we will continue to work to build public support so it can ultimately pass the Senate.”

What the New Administration in Washington Means for  Health Policy in New York

By Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried

The election of Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress are a serious threat to programs and policies that protect our health.  Washington could make radical changes to Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, reproductive care, and other programs that could drastically undermine our right to health care, cost New York State billions of dollars a year in federal funds, and destabilize health care providers.

The first step in stopping or reversing these attacks is to clearly understand what’s at stake and spread the word.  There is hardly anything more rigged against working people than health care.  The Trump-Republican agenda will make it worse.  This is a time to redouble efforts in more progressive states like New York to create universal access to health care, with funding based fairly on ability to pay, through an “improved Medicare for all” system.

For years, congressional attacks on funding and programs have been defeated by the threat or use of presidential vetoes.  Now we will have a president who may be leading the charge.

Gannett – Repeal of Obamacare could bust New York’s budget

By Joe Spector, 11/11 (via WGRZ)

ALBANY — President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could have steep fiscal implications for New York, which has 3.3 million people enrolled in its health exchange.

Since New York’s health exchange launched under so-called Obamacare in 2013, Medicaid recipients rapidly increased as millions of low-income New Yorkers signed up for health care.

The federal government subsidized much of the cost, and last year New York launched a new program, the Essential Plan — an off-shoot of Medicaid that in part provides coverage to immigrants otherwise ineligible — that has seen its enrollment soar.

The state Budget Division estimated that the federal subsidies for the Essential Plan alone this year would exceed $1 billion, which could be wiped out under Trump’s proposals.

Times-Union – End of Obamacare Could Cost New York $850M

By Claire Hughes, 11/10

President-elect Donald Trump‘s intention to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act could affect New York’s budget, to the tune of at least $850 million a year.

Billions more are at stake if a Trump administration and Republican-led Congress stop funding the expansion of Medicaid under the 2010 law, the signature health policy of President Barack Obama known as Obamacare.

Other Republican reforms could impact what New Yorkers pay for health insurance, whether they are individuals buying policies on the state’s Obamacare website, NY State of Health, or workers who get coverage through their employers.

A full repeal of the law may not be that easy, at least under current congressional rules, but changes that affect the federal budget could be made through the reconciliation process. Republicans have already tried to alter the law through that method, but have had their bills vetoed by President Obama. President-elect Trump would likely sign off on such measures, said Richard Nathan, who directs the ACA Implementation Research Network at the Rockefeller Institute of Governmentin Albany.

At a minimum, the state would lose a large portion of the estimated $850 million in federal assistance for offering what in New York is called the Essential Plan, according to state Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan. The Essential Plan offers health coverage with no deductible for $20 a month to low income New Yorkers who do not qualify for Medicaid.

LongIsland.com – NYS Legislators Call For Adequate Financial Support For Donor Breast Milk

May 23, 2016

Albany, NY – May 23, 2016 – Today Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Health, Kemp Hannon, and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages were joined by Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Health Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly member Steve Englebright  in calling for the passage of A9353A/S.6583.  This bill would ensure adequate financial support for the use of donated, pasteurized breast milk – a life-saving, cost-effective treatment for high-risk, premature infants born at less than 3 ½ pounds.  If signed into law, New York will join California, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Utah and Washington D.C. in providing insurance coverage for donor human milk.

“Equal access to donor breast milk will positively impact the life chances of our state’s tiniest and most critically ill babies, said Assembly member Michaelle C. Solages.

“Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to provide a child a healthy start in life. While a mother’s own milk is the optimal nutrition for her baby, donor breast milk is the next best option for mothers who are unable to produce breast milk or infants who are unable to receive maternal breast milk. This legislation will ensure infants in need of such nourishment are able to receive donated, pasteurized breast milk.” stated Senator and Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon

“Providing Medicaid coverage of donor breast milk is a health equity issue,” said Assembly member and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “More than 70% of pre-term births in New York State are covered by Medicaid,” he added.