CDPAANYS Blog Archive

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) is a service that gives you full control over who will be in your home and how they will complete tasks for you. Using CDPA can seem overwhelming at first. It’s a lot of responsibility, but the whole idea behind self-direction is that you take control of managing your care, […]

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press as a company that pays notoriously low wages, will be the same, or in some cases more, than New York’s seriously outdated Medicaid reimbursement allows personal assistants in the State’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program to be paid.

It is time for New York to require fiscal intermediaries get reimbursed enough by the NYS Department of Health and its contracted managed care plans so personal assistants, often doing complex skilled nursing tasks like suctioning and wound care, can get paid a living wage. In most instances, FIs have only 10% overhead, meaning 90 cents of every Medicaid dollar go to wages and associated labor costs like worker’s compensation.

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program saves the state over $50 million per year when compared to traditional home care and institutional models of service. What else do these 25,000 workers (two-thirds of Wal-Mart’s total in the State, and growing) have to do to get recognized and paid appropriately? What does it say about the State’s desire to have an effective program that helps seniors and people with disabilities when they force them to compete with Wal-Mart, the Gap and IKEA in finding workers? Do they really want consumers to have independence and freedom, to be able to stay in their homes and control their own services, or do they want to “rollback” Olmstead and force people into institutions and out of their homes?

The 2015-16 budget must allow fiscal intermediaries to get reimbursed enough to allow consumers to pay their workers a living wage of at least 150% of minimum wage.  If it does not, we will have our answer.

Click here to read the full story about Wal-Mart’s wage increase at the Huffington Post.

We are looking forward to seeing YOU at Lobby Day

Posted February 9, 2015 By Laura

It is snowing outside. A lot. But that is not stopping us as we prepare for another GREAT Lobby Day. As we work with NYAIL, we are expecting hundreds of people from across the state to come to Albany. You will all be here for one thing – to make CDPA better. We are finalizing […]


Posted November 17, 2014 By Laura

  CDPAANYS needs YOUR stories on how the FLSA overtime rules changes will impact you.   Whether you are a consumer, designated representative, or personal assistant, or family member, we want to hear from you! Select stories may be shared to the media in press releases, media advisories, and other advocacy publications.  We do not […]

CDPAANYS would like to say THANK YOU to the many consumers, advocates and allies from all over New York State who called Governor Cuomo’s office yesterday and informed the Governor and his staff about the impending FLSA rules changes and what New York needs to do to keep CDPA in place and consumers in their […]

On June 19, 2014, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a guidance document on the subject of Joint employment of home care workers in consumer-directed, Medicaid-funded programs by public entities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This document, officially Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2014-2 seeks to provide clarification […]

Register onlineby August 1, 2014, and receive Early Bird discount registration rates.  CDPAANYS’ Annual Conference is New York’s only two-day conference dedicated to statewide issues in consumer directed personal assistance.  Expert-led workshops and panels offer unique learning and networking opportunities for: fiscal intermediaries and provider agencies; managed care and managed long term care plans; social […]

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 […]

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

Posted January 31, 2014 By Laura

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 […]