News Updates Archive

Due to popular demand, an afternoon session of the Fiscal Intermediary Intensive on May 19 has been added!  Please click here to register for the afternoon workshop. On May 19, 2017, join Bryan O’Malley, Executive Director of The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS), and Hermes Fernandez Co-Chair of Bond, Schoeneck […]

REPORT: The High Cost of Low Wages

Posted February 21, 2017 By Laura

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) conducted a statewide survey to determine the extent of the workforce crisis and its impact on both those who rely on the program and those employed by it. The data confirms that consumers are struggling to recruit and retain PAs because workers are unable […]

The Albany Times Union published an article today on the impact that low wages have on individuals and families’ ability to hire personal assistants through CDPA. Data is sourced from CDPAANYS’ report on wages that is  being released at a press conference this morning. New study shows that personal assistants hired through Medicaid program quit because […]

CDPAANYS and the New York Association on Independent Living are once again joining forces for Lobby Day in Albany, where we will rally and meet with Assembly members and Senators to fight for CDPA. Click here to register online to attend, and make a commitment to the future of the program and the thousands of New Yorkers who use […]

CDPAANYS is very happy to report that after a tremendous amount of effort by CDPAANYS, ADAPT, Concepts of Independence and over 600 consumers, workers and others who e-mailed the Governor, CDPAANYS is eligible for payments from managed care plans to meet the minimum wage guidance. Since December 1 when the issue was first brought to […]

NY Personal Assistant Wage Impact Survey

Posted October 26, 2016 By Laura

CDPAANYS is looking to gather more information about how pay for personal assistants is affecting consumers’ ability to use Consumer Directed Personal Assistance. To help in this, a workgroup of consumers developed a survey. We need your input for this to be effective! To fill out the survey, please follow this link: https://goo.gl/iVUGLh If you […]

A fresh round of reimbursement cuts from yet another managed care plan is hitting consumers and workers in New York next month, which means thousands more consumers will have to break the news to their personal assistants that their pay is being cut. While these cuts are primarily affecting the downstate region for now, the […]

Wages and reimbursement in CDPA must be stabilized!

Posted September 16, 2016 By Laura

  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO EMAIL GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SEND THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE! Recently, managed long term care plans have dramatically cut reimbursements to fiscal intermediaries. With so much reimbursement going to wages and other costs related to workers, there is no place for FIs to absorb these cuts except in worker wages. These reductions are resulting […]

The New York Times ran a story by Nina Berstein, Lives Upended by Disputed Cuts in Home-Care for Disabled Patients, detailing the systematic problem of managed care plans reducing hours of service to members with disabilities who use home care and CDPA. Frequently, proper notice and/or legal justification for these reductions in hours is not given. Please […]

Don’t miss New York’s premier educational event on Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, the self-directed model that enables consumers to choose freedom through self-direction and independence. Interested in sponsoring the conference or securing exhibitor space? Click here to view our list of sponsor and exhibitor opportunities. — REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE! Early Bird Registration is active July […]