NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

MRT II Convenes First Meeting in Albany

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Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team (“MRT”) II convened its first public meeting in Albany yesterday...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

2020-21 Executive Budget Presentation Highlights

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Governor Cuomo presented his FY 2020-21 Executive Budget outline today setting forth 10 issue areas that call for “clear vision and bold action” in 2020... 

 

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

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Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

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Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

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Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

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Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

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Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

Governor Cuomo Releases 2018-19 Executive Budget

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On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Governor Cuomo unveiled his $168.1 billion State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19 Executive Budget Proposal. In his presentation, the Governor described 2018 as the “most challenging budget year since 2011” given the State’s estimated $4.4 billion shortfall.

While the Medicaid budget will reflect the caps enacted by the FY 2011-12 budget, the Medicaid Global Cap is tied to the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI) estimated at 3.2% growth or $593 million in funding.

In summary, the Governor’s 2018-19 Executive Budget sets forth the following proposals impacting New York’s skilled nursing and assisted living providers:

  • Global Cap and FMAP: Extends the Medicaid Global Cap through FY 2019-20. Includes the State’s authority to adjust the Global Cap accordingly based on changes to the availability of Federal financial participation in Medicaid expenditures or changes in federal Medicaid eligibility criteria. 
  • Trend Factor: Continues SNF and ALP trend factor elimination through the State Fiscal Year. 
  • Quality Penalties: Imposes a 2% reduction in Medicaid reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities that are ranked in the lowest two quintiles of the Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) and are also ranked in the lowest quintile in their most recent payment year. This penalty may be waived for extreme financial distress.
  • Temporary Workgroup on Capital Rate Methodology: Establishes a temporary workgroup on capital rate methodology to achieve a 1% reduction in capital expenditures to hospitals, skilled nursing providers, and adult day health care units to be effective in SFY 2018-19.
  • Statewide Health Care Transformation Program: Proposes an additional $425 million in support capital investment funds for healthcare providers to support of mergers and acquisitions, capital projects, debt retirement, working capital, and other non-capital projects to transition to a financially viable healthcare delivery system. Of this amount, $60 million will be directed towards clinics, home care, Assisted Living Programs (ALPs), and primary care providers. Within the $60 million, up to $20 million will be made available specifically for assisted living facilities, and $45 million will be made available to residential health care facilities.

  • VAP / VAPAP Funding: Provides $396 million in continued Vital Access Provider (VAP) and Vital Access Provider Assurance Program (VAPAP). This funding provides operating assistance to financially distressed providers to improve financial stability and ensure access to health care services. 
  • Healthcare Insurance Windfall Profit Fee: Imposes a 14% surcharge on health insurer gains to recapture $140 million of Federal corporate tax savings.  
  • False Claims Act: Conforms New York State Law with minimum and maximum fine level.
  • Spousal Refusal: Proposes to conform with Federal law regarding spousal contributions. Aligns the minimum level of resources retained by the spouse to qualify for long-term care services with the federal minimum of $24,180.
  • Rural HCBS Study: Directs the Commissioner of Health to conduct a study of Home and Community Based Services available to Medicaid recipients in rural areas of the state. Further, this authorizes the Department to provide a targeted Medicaid fee-for-service rate enhancement.
  • Food Waste Proposal: Proposes food waste recycling program that will include all venues generating an annual average of two tons per week of excess food waste and food scraps. Mandates the donation of excess food and the sending of any remaining waste to a facility that will compost, recycle or use it to produce energy.

Managed Long-Term Care

  • OMIG Recovery of Overpayments: Expands the authority for OMIG to recover  overpayments to Managed Long-Term Care Plans when such overpayments are identified by State audit or investigation.  Broadens OMIG’s authority to impose fines to Managed Care Plans, subcontractors, and providers for intentional or systematic inaccuracies related to data reporting.
  • Enrollee Choice: Proposes that an MLTC enrollee may change plans within a 30 or 45-day period after which time the beneficiary may only change plans once every 12 months except for “good cause” as determined by the Commissioner.

  • Excess Medicaid Managed Care Reserves: Authorizes the Commissioner of Health to make reductions in Medicaid reimbursement to Medicaid Managed Care Plans when they exceed the minimum contingent reserve requirement.
  • Performing Provider System (PPS) Penalties: Imposes a penalty for Medicaid Managed Care plans of 0.85% in their monthly capitated reimbursement rate if they fail to submit a PPS Partnership Plan by July 1, 2018.
     
  • Care Management: Eliminates duplication of care management services for MLTC enrollees residing in nursing homes.
  • Medicaid Enrollment in Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC): “Streamlines” the MLTC benefit by reducing administrative costs, banning contracted provider marketing, eliminating contracts with low-performing social adult day care providers, and increasing the eligibility threshold for providing MLTC services.

Assisted Living

  • ALP Expansion: Proposes to expand ALP capacity across the State by re-deploying authorized but unused ALP slots. Allows for an expedited approval process for providers in good standing to add up to nine ALP beds. Permits up to 500 new ALP slots in counties where there is one or no ALP providers. Additionally, in counties where occupancy exceeds 85%, the Commissioner may allow up to 500 new ALP slots.  Applicants must accept public pay, must be contracted with an MLTC, and if appropriate, be part of a Value Based Payment (VBP) initiative.
  • Memory Care Voucher: Proposes a voucher demonstration voucher program for up to 200 individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia who are not Medicaid-eligible to pay up to 75% of the average private pay rate in the respective region.

  • Universal Assessment System (UAS): Proposes limiting enrollment in MLTC to individuals achieving a score of 9 or above when assessed with the UAS-NY tool.
  • Federal SSI COLA: Authorize SSI benefits to be increased by the Federal 2019 SSI cost of living adjustment.
  • Enhancing the Quality of Adult Living (EQUAL): Proposes $6.5 million in funding which is equivalent with last year.

Transportation Provisions

  • Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation: Proposes to carve-out the transportation benefit from the MLTC benefit package. This change would require the benefit to be delivered on a fee-for-service basis through the regional transportation managers.
  • Eliminates supplemental payments for non-emergency transportation in rural communities and for emergency medical transportation providers.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will follow-up with a more detailed discussion of these proposals and other provisions included within the Executive Budget Proposal.  

NYHSFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11
shanse@nyshfa.org

Lauren E. Pollow
Director of Government Affairs
518-462-4800 x25
lauren@nyshfa.org

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Submits Response to Proposed On-Call/Call-in Regulations

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On Monday NYSHFA/NYSCAL submitted a formal response to the New York State Division of Labor (NYSDOL) as well as the Joint Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business to discuss the impact of the proposed regulation regarding employee on-call/call-in scheduling. This proposed regulation ...

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Repeal and Replace Update

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On July 25, 2017 the Senate voted to debate a repeal and replace of the ACA, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell achieved by a narrow margin (more below from AHCA). The vote to proceed was split 50 to 50 with Vice President Pence casting the deciding vote.

There will now be 20 hours of debate during which amendments can be introduced and voted on. Importantly, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), the amendment containing the most harmful Medicaid cuts for long-term care providers, failed to pass last evening. *Please note that this is a change from the AHCA bulletin represented below.

AHCA and NYSHFA will continue to provide daily updates as the vote moves forward. Members are expected to return today at 11:30 AM and we anticipate that amendments will be introduced by both parties until there is a final bill. At this time, we expect this process to conclude on Friday.

Please see the overview from AHCA below for more information:

THE SENATE SECURED THE VOTES TO DEBATE THE BILL

A threshold question was whether the Senate could even debate the bill. For that to happen, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needed 50 of his 52 Republican colleagues to vote yes. That is exactly the number he received. Senator John McCain (Arizona) made a dramatic and heroic entrance and provided the final vote needed for that motion. But there was much more to Senator McCain's entrance than just his vote. He then spoke on the bill and indicated that he just wanted to open debate, but ultimately he would join the list of four other Republican senators and vote against the BCRA when the final vote takes place.

THE SENATE IS NOW DEBATING A STRAIGHT REPEAL

To get their votes on the motion to proceed, Leader McConnell promised Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky) and other conservatives that the first amendment the Senate would take up will be a clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the amendment is the 2015 language that both the House and Senate passed and that President Obama vetoed.

This is likely to fail. It requires 50 votes, but already, four Republicans have indicated they will vote no - and I suspect three or four more will join them.

AFTER THAT THE SENATE IS LIKELY TO CONSIDER THE BCRA *(See Edit Above)

The current plan is that if the straight repeal fails, the next amendment for consideration will be the BCRA. Again, this is the version that contains the two provisions that hurt us. It lowers the growth of the per capita cap to CPI Urban, and it restricts provider assessments to only 5 percent. The most important part of this entire debate is that we need this amendment to fail.

We currently believe that it will fail. The following Republican senators have indicated opposition to it: Paul, Lee (Utah), Moran (Kansas), Collins (Maine), and now McCain. Others that may vote against include Capito (West Virginia), Murkowski (Alaska), and Heller (Nevada). There could be others. To fail, we need just three no votes, and we have pretty good confidence in the five publicly-stated above and some confidence in at least two or three more.

THEN WHAT? SKINNY REPEAL?

Assuming those two major amendments fail, the House Bill is left. It does not touch provider assessments and has a slightly more generous growth rate. But it won't pass. There are even more no votes in the Senate on the House Bill than the two prior discussed amendments.

The current discussion is that Leadership will then offer a "skinny" version of an ACA repeal. It may just include a repeal of the individual and employer mandates. It is not at all clear if that would pass. If it does not pass, that is the likely end of this round of the repeal and replace attempts. If it does pass, then the House could either take it to conference or just vote on it without going to conference. A conference committee would give us the chance to demand that the House stand firm in its growth rates. Even better would be a straight House vote. That would be better because this "skinny" repeal will likely have no changes to traditional Medicaid.

THE BOTTOM LINE

This still very fluid. The process is likely to take from now until early Friday morning. In the meantime, we will continue our lobbying efforts, particularly focusing on those that have committed to help us or are on the fence.

We will update you any time there is key information or when we think you could be receiving misinformation from the press.

The current state is that we face an enormous risk but have the votes to succeed. We will continue to do everything we can to end up with that result.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

You can help. I've said this many times. The Affordable Care Act repeal and replace effort is the biggest threat we have faced to Medicaid in the history of our sector. The 100,000-plus contacts we have made thus far have made a difference, and we cannot let up. We must keep fighting to protect the millions of patients and residents who depend on Medicaid for long term care.

Call every Senate and House Republican that you have any connection to and use the state-specific talking points to explain the devastating impacts proposed Medicaid cuts in the BCRA would have. You can register for our online grassroots Care Advocacy resource to easily locate and contact them.

We appreciate everything you do.

Sincerely,

Mark Parkinson
President and CEO

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

Lauren Pollow
Director, Government Affairs
518-462-4800 x25

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

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NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

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NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

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NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

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NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Proposals

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Governor Cuomo delivered his six 2017 State of the State Addresses this week. During each address, the Governor unveiled various legislative proposals. Attached is a link to his 36 proposals for New York State ...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

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NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

2016 Election Update

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The final results of all the elections are now becoming clear with a few exceptions. Attached are election results for the US Senate/House of Representatives, the New York State Senate, and the New York State Assembly.

Once the final results are in on these close races, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will send out an updated report on all elected officials.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
VP & Counsel
518-462-4800 x25

2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in our January 4th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting our annual Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget ...

2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in our January 4th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting our annual Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget ...

2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in our January 4th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting our annual Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget ...

2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in our January 4th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting our annual Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget ...

Save the Date – 2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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NYSHFA & NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo is presenting his Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 13th ...

Save the Date – 2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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NYSHFA & NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo is presenting his Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 13th ...

Save the Date – 2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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NYSHFA & NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo is presenting his Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 13th ...

Save the Date – 2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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NYSHFA & NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo is presenting his Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 13th ...

2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in our January 4th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting our annual Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget ...

2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in our January 4th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting our annual Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget ...

Save the Date – 2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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NYSHFA & NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo is presenting his Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 13th ...

Summary of Medicare and Medicaid Provisions of the "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015"

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AHCA/NCAL recently circulated the attached summary of Medicare and Medicaid provisions included within the Federal “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.” These provisions concern Part B premiums, hospital outpatient policy, the extension of the sequester and the generic drug inflation rebate policy...

August 14th Executive Compensation Reporting Deadline

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The deadline for covered providers to submit the first required Disclosure Report pursuant to Executive Order #38 and its attendant regulations is Friday, August 14, 2015 not Monday, June 29, 2015...

AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing Registration

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Registration, agenda and hotel information for the June 15-16, 2015 AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing are now available at http://www.ahcancal.org/events/congressionalbriefing/Pages/default.aspx. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting a New York meeting at 1:00 pm on June 15th at the Hotel George at 15 E Street N.W. Please contact Stephen Hanse at shanse@nyshfa.org if you plan on attending the 2015 Congressional Briefing or need any additional information ...

Budget Support Letter

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Included within both the Senate’s 2015-16 one-house Budget are several proposals that are beneficial to New York’s assisted living providers...

Save the Date - 2015 AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing

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Please save the date - the 2015 AHCA/NCAL Annual Congressional Briefing will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Monday, June 15th and Tuesday, June 16th. Details to follow soon...

Assembly Antipsychotic Medications Public Hearing

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On Wednesday, February 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL submitted testimony at the Assembly Health Committee public hearing examining the appropriate and inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be working with Assemblyman Gottfried’s office as the Assembly considers this issue ...

2015 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in the January 14th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, March 2nd in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2015-2016 Executive Budget (the Governor is presenting the Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 21st) ...

2015 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in the January 14th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, March 2nd in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2015-2016 Executive Budget (the Governor is presenting the Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 21st) ...

2015 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in the January 14th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, March 2nd in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2015-2016 Executive Budget (the Governor is presenting the Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 21st) ...

2015 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

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As previously communicated in the January 14th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, March 2nd in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2015-2016 Executive Budget (the Governor is presenting the Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 21st) ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Advocates for a Delay of E-Prescribing

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On Wednesday, NYSHFA’s Sr. Director, Nancy Leveille, participated in a segment of Capitol Tonight focused on the issues of E-Prescribing Implementation. She joined in with Assemblyman John McDonald and Dr. Joseph Maldenado. As members are aware, NYSHFA has been working with the New York State Department of Health's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE) for the last several months specifically urging BNE to establish a global waiver process for both prescribers and providers (Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Residences) from the E-Prescribing mandate...

Governor Cuomo Unveils 2015-16 Executive Budget

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On Wednesday, January 21st, Governor Cuomo unveiled his $141.6 billion 2015-16 Executive Budget. As presented, the 2015-16 Executive Budget increases overall State spending by 1.7 percent, an increase of $1.6 billion, and provides for a 3.6 percent growth in Medicaid spending, an increase of $597 million. The Executive Budget also proposes to limit state agency spending increases to 0.6 percent.

State of the State/2015-16 Budget Presentation

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Governor Cuomo delivered his fifth State of the State Wednesday at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany, and in a joint presentation, simultaneously unveiled his 2015-16 Executive Budget...

State Incentives & Employment Protections for Ebola Aid Workers

Stephen Hanse in Legislative

Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the State of New York and the City of New York will create a program of financial incentives and other employment protections to encourage health care professionals to travel to West Africa and provide assistance treating Ebola patients to help contain this disease.

Senator Klein Reception

Stephen Hanse in NYSCAL Notes, Legislative

On Tuesday, June 24th NYSHFA/NYSCAL, together with Greater NY Health Care Facilities Assn. and Southern New York Assn. are hosting a reception for Senator Jeff Klein from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Abigael’s on Broadway in New York City.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL To Hold Reception for Senator Skelos

Shelley Sabo and Stephen Hanse in NYSCAL Notes, Legislative

New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living, in conjunction with Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association and Southern New York Associates, LLC will host a Reception with Senator Dean Skelos on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

February 25th - 26th NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day in Albany

Stephen Hanse in Legislative

As previously communicated, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a targeted legislative visitation day on Wednesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2014-15 Executive Budget.  The evening before, on Tuesday, February 25th, we will be hosting a legislative reception for Senator Kemp Hannon, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Executive Budget Testimony

Stephen Hanse in Legislative

On Monday, February 3rd, Stephen Hanse, Esq., Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Mark Olsen, Chairman of the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Committee, presented testimony on behalf of NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2014-15 Health and Medicaid Executive Budget proposal in Albany.

February 26th NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day in Albany – Hotel Room Block

Stephen Hanse in Legislative

As previously communicated in the January 9th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a targeted legislative visitation day on Wednesday, February 26th Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2014-15 Executive Budget ...

February 26th NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day in Albany – Hotel Room Block

Stephen Hanse in Legislative

As previously communicated in the January 9th member mailing, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a targeted legislative visitation day on Wednesday, February 26th Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2014-15 Executive Budget ...

Save the Date - 2014 Legislative Visitation Day

Stephen Hanse in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day on Wednesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2014-2015 Executive Budget...

Legislation Affecting Adult Care and Assisted Living Passes in the Legislature

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes, Legislative

Two pieces of legislation affecting adult care and assisted living have passed in the legislature this week.