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Volume 17 -- Issue 1

2/3/2011 3:17:07 PM

1/14/11 Issue of Affiliate Update E-News

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¨       UCP/NYC’s Ed Matthews Named to Medicaid Redesign Team

¨       Statewide Family Advocacy Day March 11

¨       Legislative Gazette Insert Copy and Ads Due This Month

¨       ‘Toga Time

¨       Governor’s SAGE Commission Will Look at Reducing Number of State Agencies




Ed Matthews, the CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, has been named to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT).


The 27-member team was established by an Executive Order announced by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address on January 5 and is charged with finding ways to save money within the Medicaid program for the upcoming state budget. New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson will serve as the team's executive director and the state Budget Director will serve as a non-voting member. "This team is tasked with the challenge of reversing a decades' long crisis of overspending and waste in our Medicaid system," Governor Cuomo said in a written statement. "We need to come together to find solutions to bring costs down without compromising care for New Yorkers and that is exactly what this team is going to do."


Governor Cuomo participated in the team's first meeting via conference call on January 7. The group must submit its first report with findings and recommendations to the Governor by March 1 for consideration in the budget process. The team shall submit quarterly reports thereafter until the end of Fiscal Year 2011-12, when it disbands.


The MRT held its first working meeting on January 13 in Albany. A power-point presentation from the meeting is available on the Governor's MRT website at Slide #13 outlines the MRT implementation timeline. There will be seven regional stakeholder meetings across the state. The dates and sites of those meetings are also posted there. The first two hearings will take place in Buffalo and Rochester.


Ed Matthews, the only MRT member representing people with developmental disabilities, spoke at the January 13 meeting about the fact that a majority of people with developmental disabilities are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare and because of current rules and regulations there were many missed opportunities. He specifically mentioned DOH’s exclusion of dually eligible people in the medical home incentive which he believes is short sighted. He gave other examples of wasted state Medicaid dollars due to regulations that did not take advantage of the 100% federal Medicare dollars. Jason Helgerson was very interested in exploring the ideas mentioned by Matthews.


Helgerson said that an email had been sent to all Medicaid stakeholders (several CP of NYS staff received the email) inviting them to meet with and give very specific cost savings ideas and they had already set up 60 meetings.


– Barbara Crosier





The third annual Statewide Family Advocacy Day has been re-scheduled to March 11, 2011. The date has been moved from February so that family members will have the opportunity to meet with their state Senators and Assemblymembers after the NYS Medicaid Redesign Team (see related article) has presented their recommendations on March 1. Statewide Family Advocacy Day provides family members and people with disabilities across the state an opportunity to meet with their local legislators, in their district offices, as a unified voice in order to address budget concerns. By pushing the date to March 11, it will also provide the opportunity to give legislators feedback on the Medicaid Redesign Team's recommendations, which are due out on March 1, and the impact that the proposed changes would have on services for people with developmental disabilities.  We anticipate that this year’s budget is going to be even more difficult and it is critical that every New York State Legislator hear our concerns.


– Barbara Crosier




Lobby Day is March 1


The 2011 CP of NYS Special Report section will be published in the March 1 edition of The Legislative Gazette. That is also the date of the 2011 CP of NYS Lobby Day. We are again coordinating our day with other statewide agencies to increase our visibility and impact.


The deadline for editorial copy for the Gazette insert is January 31. The deadline for getting ads to the Gazette is February 2. Please help us tell these important stories. Get us your photos and profiles as soon as you can. For the rates for Legislative Gazette ads, contact Al Shibley at (518) 436-0178. Remember, for each page of advertising we receive a page of editorial space.


A reminder that we are looking for stories that will show the varied services we provide and the many different people we support. We are asking for stories about who those people are, how they have benefited from the work you do, the choices they have made, the staff who help them reach their goals, as well as what their lives might have been like had it not been for their CP of NYS Affiliate, its programs and services. We want to know what makes people successful at life and happy and active in their communities. Photos of people with disabilities and members of your staff are critical.


We are hoping to get several stories from each Affiliate in the next few months, but we need at least one from each Affiliate by the end of January for the Legislative Gazette insert published for the March 1 Lobby Day. Our programs and services are facing significant cuts in the next couple of years and we are looking for stories that will help us show how important the supports and services provided by our Affiliates are to the people we support, their families and their communities.


– Al Shibley





Block out the last week in October and start planning. The 2011 CP of NYS Annual Conference is back in beautiful Saratoga Springs, October 24-26, and the schedule will be packed with great informational sessions and meetings during the day and plenty of things to do after dark.


Once again the Saratoga Hilton Hotel will be the Conference headquarters and the Hampton Inn and Suites will also have rooms available. The expansion and renovation of the Saratoga City Center is nearing completion and will offer us additional facilities for receptions and our Annual Awards Banquet and Celebrate Staff Dinner. And there is always something to do in downtown Saratoga after the sessions are done.


Make plans to join us for the CP of NYS Annual Conference, October 24-26 in Saratoga Springs. More information will be coming throughout the spring and summer months.


– Al Shibley





Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in his State of the State address the creation of a commission to review New York State government’s operations and structure. The ultimate goal is to eliminate at least 20 percent of the number of agencies, authorities and other bodies as well as identifying improvements that can increase efficiency. This Commission will look at agency consolidations and may consider the consolidation of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

The Spending and Government Efficiency Commission (“SAGE Commission”) is being created to improve the delivery of government services, increase accountability and save taxpayers’ money, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. The Commission will report recommendations on agency and authority reorganizations to the Governor by May 1 and make recommendations for operational efficiencies on an ongoing basis. A final report will be presented to the governor by June 1, 2012.

Governor Cuomo also announced that he will introduce legislation to give him the power to submit the SAGE Commission’s plan to the Legislature.

– Al Shibley


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