Politics As It Happens: First Quarterly Budget Update, Press Release for Employment Executive Order

First Quarterly Budget Update projects FY ’15 surplus, however DC disallowance issue remains an unknown The State Division of the Budget issued its first quarterly update to the State’s financial plan for FY 14-15.  The Update showed that the State is expected to finish the current fiscal year with a surplus of about $4.2 billion. […]

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Politics As It Happens: Governor Signs Executive Order “Establishing the New York Employment First Initiative to Increase Employment for New Yorkers with Disabilities.”

The Executive Order emphasizes competitive, integrated employment and establishes an Employment First Commission consisting of numerous members, including the Commissioner of OPWDD. The Executive Order outlines the duties and purposes of the Commission. Click here to read the Executive Order.

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Politics As It Happens: Meeting with Senator Schumer in Albany

Senator Charles Schumer came to Albany Aug. 6 to promote the ABLE Act at a press conference coordinated by NYSARC at the request of the Senator’s Office and hosted by the Wildwood School. The ABLE Act would allow establishment of tax free accounts to help meet the expenses incurred by people with disabilities. Following the […]

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Times Union: NY Is On The Hook For More Than $1.3 Billion In Medicaid Excess

A federal audit officially disallowed New York State $1.3 billion for FY 2010.  The amount is based on prior year Medicaid overpayments for people with developmental disabilities in Developmental Centers.  The House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform held a hearing on the matter this morning.  Cindy Mann of CMS, among others, testified. More information […]

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Politics As It Happens: Obama signs law limiting sheltered workshop admissions

Obama signs law limiting sheltered workshop admissions The new law applies to people with disabilities who are 24 and under but would allow various exceptions to enable them to continue to receive subminimum wages in a workshop setting.  NYSARC spoke to experts in Washington about the new law prior to the President’s approval of the […]

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Buffalo News: BlueCross, BlueShield Withdraws from Medicaid Managed Care Program in Western NY

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York announced in a memo to the State that it would no longer participate in the Medicaid managed care program in six western region counties.  Funding issues and “carved in” pharmacy benefits were cited with little elaboration. However, if history is a guide, when Medicaid managed care fails it is […]

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Letter to the Editor: Brandt Responds to Subminimum Wage/Sheltered Workshop Article

Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin publishes letter from Marc Brandt, Executive Director, NYSARC, regarding the paper’s subminimum wage/sheltered workshop article. Click to read the published letter. Click to read the article.

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Politics As It Happens: New York Times Reports on Lawsuit Against the State: Managed Care Warning Sign?

As providers for people with developmental disabilities scramble to transition to managed care, a new lawsuit over home care provides a sobering reminder of what can happen to individuals with severe needs under managed care.  According to the New York Times a suit against the State brought by the New York Legal Assistance Group “on […]

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