On Tuesday, May 5, HCA’s Director for Public Policy, Alyssa Lovelace, testified remotely before the New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor on Int. 1918-2020, New York City legislation that would mandate “premium pay” for essential workers. Continue reading “HCA Testifies Before NYC Council Members on Premium Pay Legislation”
A Senate and Assembly joint legislative committee convened today in Albany for a hearing examining the Governor’s state Medicaid budget proposals.
HCA President and CEO Al Cardillo submitted testimony, available here. It explains the vital role of home and community care, Medicaid budget trends involving home and community care (including new obligations and responsibilities on plans and providers), as well as HCA’s recommendations for offsetting Medicaid costs in place of cuts to assure the viability of vital programs and services. Continue reading “HCA Presents Testimony as Senate, Assembly Panel Examines Medicaid Budget”
At today’s health and Medicaid budget hearing, HCA President Al Cardillo delivered testimony revealing the financing, workforce and overall support needs of the home care, hospice and Managed Long Term Care sector using data from our just-issued financial and trends report.
HCA led off the testimony at the July 11 state Department of Labor (DOL) hearing on proposed standards for 24-hour shift compensation provided to workers, including home health aides.
The DOL-proposed standards outline compensation requirements to explicitly exclude sleep time and meal periods from compensable hours. However, such standards for home care have been the subject of recent litigation, as extensively described for the membership and in our testimony, available here. Continue reading “HCA’s Testimony Opens State DOL Hearing on 24-hour/live-in Rule”
Underscores adverse impact of proposed cuts, eligibility changes, structural limits and urges support for process improvements, home care licensure standards, workforce and infrastructure
ALBANY — HCA President Joanne Cunningham testified today before a joint legislative panel on the Medicaid and health areas of the state budget. Her testimony, on behalf of HCA’s home care, hospice and Managed Long Term Care providers and plans, is available at https://hca-nys.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/201819HCAStateBudgetTestimonyUpdatedFeb132018.pdf.
Of primary concern in this Executive Budget are the proposed cuts and program changes that impact MLTCs and home care, Ms. Cunningham said.
“Virtually the entire long term care Medicaid and Medicare patient population in New York State has been moved under the care of MLTCs and their providers. The Administration has removed most other options,” Ms. Cunningham said. Continue reading “HCA Testifies at Health State Budget Hearing on Behalf of Home Care, Hospice and MLTC “
ALBANY — Today the state Assembly held a public hearing on home care workforce issues.
This hearing follows an earlier one, held last week (on February 22) in New York City. HCA sent the following statement in response to the February 22 hearing: https://hca-nys.org/policy-positions/hca-statement-state-assembly-hearing-on-home-care-workforce-issues.
Today’s HCA testimony in Albany was presented by HCA Executive Vice President Al Cardillo. The testimony can be downloaded from our website at: https://hca-nys.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Testimony-of-Home-Care-Association-of-NYS_Homecare-Workforce-Hearing-2-27-2017.pdf.
“The public health system has been reconfigured to require and rely on ready access to timely, capable and person-centered home care,” Mr. Cardillo said. “Current governmental policies and reforms are rapidly and substantially deepening this reliance.” Continue reading “HCA, Member Providers Testify at NY Assembly Hearing on Home Care Workforce Issues”
On January 25, 2016, HCA delivered testimony on the proposed State Budget before a joint legislative health committee. HCA’s testimony is available here.
HCA Executive Vice President Al Cardillo delivers testimony before a joint legislative budget panel on the 2015-16 Executive State Budget.
“Home care is vital to new, priority state policies, and to the evolving health care delivery and payment models”
HCA President Joanne Cunningham delivers testimony before a joint legislative budget panel on the 2014-15 Executive State Budget. HCA’s priorities are as follows:
- Regulatory streamlining and alignment are needed to support the efficiency, quality, orderly structure and payment of home care services under managed care.
- Services, including mandated home care wage laws (under the Wage Parity Law) and service delivery regulations, must be appropriately funded and reimbursed.
- Budget language is needed to support innovative hospital-home care models for patient services, system improvement and community health.
- “Essential Personnel” status is vital for supporting home care and hospice personnel during emergency response.