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WHY NOT US? CDPA workers deserve a raise too.

For years, CDPAANYS has been making the case that personal assistants need a wage increase. We have argued that the artificially low cost demanded by Medicaid payments prevents consumers from being able to hire and keep a high quality workforce because personal assistants can not afford to live on the low wages the program offers.  […]

Governor’s wage board ignores State role in low wages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Bryan O’Malley, Executive Director info@cdpaanys.org Workers, consumers and representatives of fiscal intermediaries in the State’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPA) are expressing disbelief today as Governor Cuomo cites the great President Franklin D. Roosevelt to call for a raise in the fast food industry, while ignoring the State’s […]

CDPAANYS SFY 2015-16 Budget Analysis

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Wal-Mart set to pay more than Medicaid?

An interesting story was published today, titled “Wal-Mart Gives 500,000 Workers A Raise.” By February of next year, Wal-Mart will begin base pay at $10/hour. This means that starting wage at Wal-Mart, an employer who has received a great deal of negative press as a company that pays notoriously low wages, will be the same, or […]

Meet The Peer Mentoring Team

Sandra Lamb, Peer Mentor sandra@cdpaanys.org I attended the State University of Albany, and have achieved a degree in communications and a minor in business. While attending the University, my desire to champion and advocate for the needs and rights of people with disabilities intensified. Upon leaving the University I continued in that vein and my […]

Legislative Day a Huge Success – Victories Already

On Tuesday, over 200 people came to Albany to tell their Legislators about the importance of Consumer Directed Personal Assistance and the need to make sure that reimbursement is high enough for consumers to be able to attract and retain workers, that the State take all of the steps necessary for full implementation of the […]

Legislative Day – Briefing Call Friday, February 21 at 1:00 PM

CDPAANYS will be holding a Legislative Day briefing call tomorrow, Friday, February 21, at 1 PM EST. This call will cover: -Specific issues we are fighting for; -General information about the lobbying process; -Addressing individual questions. Please note that the lines will be muted for the first portion of the call. Questions and individual concerns […]

CDPAANYS Budget Analysis for SFY 2014-15

As part of our efforts to educate and inform the Legislature, the Executive and the public about issues of importance to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program, the fiscal intermediaries who administer it and the consumers who utilize and run it, CDPAANYS analyzes the budget each year.  The analysis will serve as the basis for […]

DOH Releases MLTC Transition Timeline

The Department of Health has announced the MLTC transition roll-out dates for counties across New York State that have not yet transitioned.   At this point, NYC, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Albany, Erie, Onondaga and Monroe are mandatory. All dates are contingent upon Federal readiness review. 2014 MLTC Transition Timeline April 1: Columbia, Putnam, Sullivan, […]

DOH clarifies process of becoming an FI

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance is growing…fast.  This fact has not gone unnoticed by many in the field and CDPAANYS receives numerous questions about how agencies can become a Fiscal Intermediary and offer CDPA.  In an effort to provide clarification, CDPAANYS sought specific guidance from the Department of Health.  We were pointed to a 2006 Questions […]