All New Yorkers should receive the care they need, when they need it.
For far too many New Yorkers, the care we need is out of reach. It’s time for our state to provide quality, affordable care at home for all those who need it — especially older adults and people with disabilities who often depend on these essential services to live full and independent lives.
We know that providing home care to older adults and people with disabilities works. In New York, Medicaid and the Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) are essential lifelines for those who otherwise would not be able to afford the home care they need.
It’s time to expand Medicaid and EISEP so that all New Yorkers who require home care and other community-based long term care services can have peace of mind in knowing they can safely, comfortably, and independently live and work in their communities. Expanding these lifelines into a state-wide universal program with dedicated funding would not only improve the lives of millions of people in New York but would also protect against devastating cuts from the Trump administration.
Essential programs must be expanded and strengthened, not cut.
In a time when Republican leaders in DC are attacking our social safety net, our local elected officials must protect the supports that allow seniors and people with disabilities — our neighbors, our friends, our family members — to stay healthy and live with dignity.
Our work includes:
- Preserving the Affordable Care Act;
- Preventing cuts to or privatization of Medicare and Medicaid; and
- Working with our New York State representatives to protect and expand our long term care options.
We must support New York’s family caregivers and invest in our direct care workforce.
It’s critical that we support home care workers and family caregivers. We call them the Careforce — everyone whose work and dedication makes it possible for our loved ones to live at home with dignity.
Expanding long-term care support into a universal program is an opportunity to create new quality jobs, at a time when we need them the most.
By providing dedicated funding for workforce development and worker cooperative incubation, along with continued support for high minimum standards for wages and benefits, New York can lead the nation by investing in this fast-growing and vital workforce.
Throughout the state, there is already a shortage of trained, quality care providers. Supporting and expanding the workforce is a key strategy in making sure that New York can fulfill its promise for all aging residents and for New Yorkers with disabilities.
On December 6, members of the NY Caring Majority Coalition testified at a hearing called by Assembly Member Donna Lupardo, the Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging.
In the hearing, Coalition testimony covered the broad range of needs for older New Yorkers, but emphasized the opportunity in front of us to clear the waiting lists for in-home care provided by New York's Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly (EISEP) program.
We have linked PDFs of the testimony given by three of our coalition members. Click their names and you will be able to view and download what they said.