Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State
PERSONAL ASSISTANTS INCLUDED IN COVID VACCINE WEEK 5 STARTING JANUARY 11
Thank you to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYSDOH – New York State Health Department for recognizing the importance of making sure that personal assistants are vaccinated early!
CDPAANYS fought hard to make sure that this specific mention of PAs was made in the vaccination plan, and that any uncertainty regarding whether or not PAs were included in home care was eliminated. CDPAANYS is absolutely thrilled that the community’s voice was heard.
This is a big win for the 100,000+ workers and the consumers they work for.
NYS Labor & Employment Law Update
Join Theresa Rusnak from Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC for an hour-long session covering recent Labor & Employment law changes that impact fiscal intermediaries in New York State’s CDPAP. This webinar will cover how Paid Sick Leave affects FIs, the DOL’s revision of the joint employment standard, and the new Wage Theft Prevention Act forms for Wage Parity.
EVV IS COMING. IS YOUR AGENCY IN COMPLIANCE?
Mollie, a nationally recognized expert on self-direction and financial management services (FMS), has led keynotes and breakout sessions at our Annual Conferences for more than five years on topics ranging from FLSA joint employment, EVV and the Cures Act. With over fifteen years’ experience in self-direction, Mollie has assisted state and federal agencies to design and implement self-direction programs with high-performing and compliant FMS.
For this session, Mollie will focus on bringing fiscal intermediaries up to date on EVV compliance from a federal perspective. New York State has elected the “Choice” model for EVV implementation, which means providers are responsible for ensuring the systems they implement comply with the latest CMS guidance.
STOP LONG TERM CARE CUTS: SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH!
Public comment is now open on Governor Cuomo’s sweeping Medicaid eligibility changes, which appeared in the New York State Register on July 15, 2020.
While there are some positives in these regulations, such as the shift in assessments from every six months to annually, these changes were designed to make it harder to access long-term supports and services (LTSS) and creates new levels of bureaucracy in seemingly arbitrary ways intended to limit or discourage people from seeking help to begin with.
Comments on the regulations are open for 60 days from when they were published, or Monday, September 14 at close of business.
NYSDOH UPDAteS CONTRACT AWARD TIMELINE: REQUEST FOR OFFERS #20039
On Friday, July 3, 2020, the NYS Department of Health made two amendments to their website regarding the RFO for fiscal intermediaries in CDPA.
1. The Anticipated Contract Start Date, formerly listed as July 1, 2020, was changed to Upon Approval of the Office of the State Comptroller.
2. A new date was listed for Anticipated Award Announcements as July 17, 2020.
CDPAANYS will be carefully monitoring any and all additional changes or updates regarding awards, and will keep our membership informed in real time.
STATEMENT RE: GOVERNOR CUOMO's CLAIM THAT NEW YORKERS ARE SAFER IN NURSING HOMES THAN AT HOME
Governor Cuomo’s message that you are safer in a nursing home is wishful thinking, at best, and gross negligence, at worst. Throughout this pandemic, home care workers, whether personal care aides, home health aides, or personal assistants, have risked their lives and the lives of their families, often for minimum wage. Because these workers are going in and out of people’s homes to provide care, and not stationed at hospitals or nursing facilities, they have been overlooked for the adequate provision of masks, gloves, and other PPE. Yet people have managed and the fatalities of senior and disabled residents living at home, while not officially tallied, are low. Meanwhile, 25% of funding, or $42 million meant for wages for their home care workers, was cut in the middle of this pandemic.
Given the Governor’s failure to invest in community-based care, it is no wonder he believes that residents are safer in a facility than they are receiving care at home, but the numbers tell the real story. A report by the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State found that while people were generally scared that they or their personal assistant could contract COVID-19, a staggering 75% of people receiving home care through consumer-directed personal assistance were scared that the disease would force them into one of these facilities. Their fears are valid, when one out of every four COVID-19 confirmed deaths in NY occurred in nursing homes – and one out of three in the month of June. The statistics are even worse for Black, brown and immigrant New Yorkers.
As the Governor himself has said, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts. We encourage the Governor to stick to the facts and not jeopardize the lives of seniors and people with disabilities by trying to create a false narrative about the safety of these institutions.
NEW!!! REPORT: THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CDPA IN NEW YORK STATE
As part of CDPAANYS’ work identifying and bringing light to disparities and gaps in services related to COVID–19, we issued a survey to collect data on the impact of the pandemic on consumers and workers.
It was widely acknowledged that many health conditions that require long-term care increase the rate of mortality from COVID-19, but the conditions for people using community based services like CDPA did not receive nearly as much attention. CDPAANYS wanted to know how the pandemic was affecting consumers and their access to services, and sent a survey to members in April asking about changes in staffing and access to personal protective equipment (PPE), among other disruptions. We used the results to create a report that we shared with lawmakers and journalists in order to bring attention to the growing long-term care crisis and advocate for legislative solutions.
You can read the final report from the survey, “The Impact of COVID–19 on Consumer Direction in New York State,” by clicking here.
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