Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State

SAVE THE DATE: SPRING WEBINAR SERIES!

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What’s Next for Consumer Direction? Key Federal Policy Updates & Beyond
Katherine Murray, Principal
Applied Self-Direction

Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:00 AM
 

 

This Friday, April 30, from 10-11 AM, we are excited to welcome Katherine Murray, Principal at Applied Self-Direction, who will provide an overview of policy updates from Congress and the Biden administration that affect Medicaid, HCBS, and consumer-directed services–including the latest on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). The session will also cover the impact of COVID-19 on demand for consumer-directed services, and analyze how the pandemic will continue to shape consumer-directed services in the years to come. Time for Q&A will be included.
 
Katherine Murray has deep expertise relating to regulatory compliance in Medicaid-funded self-direction programs, with a focus on labor and workforce issues. She is a nationally recognized expert on the Department of Labor’s Home Care Final Rule that revised Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements for home care workers, and she has consulted to numerous state Medicaid agencies and Medicaid managed care organizations on labor and workforce issues.

REGISTER TODAY FOR ADVOCACY WEEK RALLY: FEBRUARY 8

CDPAANYS and the New York State Association on Independent Living will be holding a virtual rally starting at 9:00 AM on Monday, February 8 to kick off Advocacy Week. 

 Join us and show your support for the campaign to #FairPay4HomeCare and lift up disability priorities in the New York State budget!

 

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!

According to the vaccination plan, home care workers, including those in consumer directed personal assistance, will be eligible for the vaccine beginning on January 11.

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.

 

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 COVID19, 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 COVID19 on Consumer Direction in New York State,” by clicking here.

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