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Lobby Day – February 8, 2016

CDPAANYS would like to thank everyone who traveled to Albany to participate in Legislative Day with New York Association on Independent Living. We recognize that many of you were up at 3 AM and traveled from as far away as Buffalo and Long Island to advocate for $15AndFunding ‬and Fair Pay for CDPA. We are now following […]

Peer Mentor Blog Post: Managing CDPA During The Holiday Season

This blog post was written by Athena Savides.  You can access the Peer Mentor blog post archive by clicking here. The holidays are coming, and it is a busy time for many of us. For those like me, who use Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) services, part of the planning is to decide how to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FLSA Final Rules Released

FLSA Final Rules Released As you have likely seen by now, the final rules on the companionship exemption were issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday.  CDPAANYS has examined the proposed rules on a preliminary basis.  Our initial sentiment is that, while the rules are not as bad as they could have possibly been, […]

Education Key To Successful Managed Care Transition

As the heat of summer continues, so too does the transition to managed long term care for thousands of people receiving both Medicare and Medicaid.  Long Island and Westchester have almost completed their switch by now.  New York City continues to enroll more and more individuals, with well over half of those who will have […]

NYSDOH Releases New Community Based Long Term Care/CDPA Policy Documents

The Department of Health yesterday placed two new policy documents on the MRT website that relate to Community Based Long Term Care and CDPA. Click here for MLTC Policy 13.15: Refining the Definition of Community Based Long Term Care Services refines the definition of who is considered to be in receipt of community based long […]

What’s in a name?

Many of you have asked us about a small, subtle, but very important change in a very important acronym lately. Many more of you probably have not asked, but are wondering what is going on.

Since the beginning, most of us have known the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). Every document CDPAANYS has put out has talked about CDPAP and why it is such a wonderful program that helps individuals maximize their independence. In the last few months – well, since November 1 – a shift has occurred. CDPAP is not CDPAP anymore!

How can this happen?