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6-14-12 CP News

6/14/2012 11:04:00 AM

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Volume #18 – Issue #7

GOVERNOR SEEKS $10 BILLION FEDERAL MEDICAID WAIVER TO IMPLEMENT MRT ACTION PLAN

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 5, 2012 that New York State will seek an 1115 Medicaid waiver from the federal government and will ask for $10 billion over five years to implement the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) action plan to transform the state’s health care system.  The $10 billion represents a share of the estimated $17.1 billion in federal savings generated by MRT reform.  This 1115 Waiver is totally separate from the OPWDD Waiver which is now a 1915 (b)(c) waiver.

 

The NYS Department of Health (DOH) also issued a document that summarizes the rationale for seeking this waiver and outlining its proposed draft set of ideas for how the waiver funds would be utilized:  Medicaid Waiver: Tool to Fully Implement the MRT Action Plan. The state notes that stakeholder input will be used to consider modifications of the ideas.

 

As part of the waiver request, the state will solicit comments and recommendations in a series of public forums and through other means.  A series of four public forums are taking place in June.  Events have already been held in Syracuse and Buffalo.  Forums are scheduled for New York City and Albany next week.

 

  • Monday, June 18 – NYC (Bronx) – 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Bronx Community College, 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY

  • Wednesday, June 20 – Albany (Rensselaer) – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

University at Albany, School of Public Health Auditorium, 1 University Place, Rensselaer, NY

 

As demonstrated during the OPWDD waiver hearings and the previous MRT process, providing input and recommendations is extremely important.  Details on providing input into this process are available on the Governor’s MRT Waiver Web site

 

- Barbara Crosier

 

 

CP of NYS TO CUT THE RIBBON ON NEW WEST FARMS CENTER

 

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and other community leaders will join officials from Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS) at a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new West Farms Center and Metro Community Health Center in the Bronx on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:00 am. The event will be held at the new facility at 979 Cross Bronx Expressway Service Road North. Please feel free to join us for this exciting event for CP of NYS and the entire community.

 

- Al Shibley

 

PRUDENCE YORK NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT ENABLE

 

Prudence York has been named Executive Director at Enable, the CP of NYS Affiliate in the Syracuse area. She previously served as Enable’s Director of Community Services.

 

Ms. York holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Syracuse University and has worked for Enable since 1986. She has a well-deserved reputation for developing innovative programs for people with disabilities. In the 1980s, she implemented a supported employment program emphasizing community-based, individualized jobs, a change from the traditional sheltered workshop model. During the 1990s, she was a leader in developing Enable's self-directed personal assistance program which allows people with disabilities to have control over their home care services. More recently, Ms. York helped Enable launch several new programs including those for young adults and children with autism.

 

- Al Shibley

GERI JEWELL ADDRESSES HCA ANNUAL MEETING

 

Actress and Disability Advocate Geri Jewell was the featured speaker at the Handicapped Children’s Association (HCA) Annual Meeting May 30 in Binghamton.

 

Jewell, best known for her role on the Norman Lear sitcom Facts of Life, spoke about her experiences as a person and an entertainer with a disability. She was the Keynote Speaker at the 2011 CP of NYS Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs last October.

 

The HCA Annual Meeting recognized long-tenured employees, including Jacqueline Weir, a speech/language pathologist honored for thirty years of service at the CP of NYS Affiliate. The organization’s board of directors also re-elected four officers, including Board President George Penrose.

 

- Al Shibley

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