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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Politics As It Happens: Sheltered workshop issue stays in the forefront

Significant Statewide Review in Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin The Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin yesterday published a major review of the sheltered workshop  issue with the focus on New York State.  A number of NYSARC chapters were mentioned. The article linked payment of subminimum wages at workshops under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor […]

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Politics As It Happens: Some of This Year’s Bills of Interest

Some of this year’s bills of interest Some of this year’s bills of interest are listed below.  During a typical 2 year legislative session about 20,000 bills are introduced.  About 1,000 of those, or about 5%, will be signed into law or “chaptered.”  Since each bill has a companion bill in the other house, those […]

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Letters from NYSARC, Inc. Executive Director Appear in Albany Times Union

Two letters from Marc N. Brandt, Executive Director, NYSARC, Inc., were published in the Albany Times Union, one on Tuesday morning, June 24 and the other today, Wednesday, June 25. Tuesday morning’s letter dealt with the still unexplained resignation of former OPWDD Acting Commissioner Laurie Kelley.  This morning’s letter was in response to an editorial […]

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Politics As It Happens: Bill Dies After Deal Reached on Institutional Closure

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Libous and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, the “Freeze Unsafe Closures Act,” would have suspended closure of various Developmental and Psychiatric Centers for three years in response to union concerns. Governor Cuomo, however, threatened to veto the bill.  But in what appears to be a successful effort to head off the bill, […]

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