Advocacy

COVID-19

June 2, 2020 In an open letter to the Governor, Lisa Newcomb outlines the myriad issues and problems faced by ACF's during the COVID-19 crisis.  Specifically, we call for a reconsideration of the twice weekly staff testing mandate. help with financing any testing program, return to work rules and reasonable certification requirements. "Let's work collaboratively on developing new guidance or considering future policy". Read the letter HERE

June 2, 2020 ESAAL Launches Public Awareness Campaign HERE

May 12, 2020 ESAAL joins other long-term care associations in a letter to Governor Cuomo in response to Executive Order 202.30 and mandatory staff testing twice per week. Read the letter HERE


ESAAL's Legislative Priorities

            Governor Cuomo’s Veto Leaves the Care of Thousands of Elderly New Yorkers in Question-Statement from Lisa Newcomb, Executive Director of the Empire State Association of Assisted Living

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            INADEQUATE STATE FUNDING THREATENS THE CARE OF 12,000 NEW YORK SENIORS- Options Limited in Rochester Region for Seniors Relying on State SSI Support for Assisted Living Services 11/3/17

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            WESTERN NY OPTIONS LIMITED FOR SENIORS RELYING ON STATE SSI SUPPORT. Tammy McCool, administrator of the Women's Christian Association in Fredonia speaks out about the crisis. 10/24/17

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            ASSEMBLYMAN ANTHONY BRINDISI SPEAKS ABOUT THE NEED FOR AN SSI INCREASE-$41 A DAY IS NOT ENOUGH.

            Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/yPxrxDal8Rs

            ESAAL MEMBERS TESTIFY AT CENTRAL NY LEGISLATIVE HEARING. The NYS Assembly held a hearing Thursday Sept. 28 with ACFs, detailing how  assisted living providers are struggling under the rising cost of care. Read the press release and the heartfelt testimony of Lisa Solazzo, Administrator of the now closed Valehaven Home in Oswego.

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            Read Lisa Solazzo's Testimony

            ASSEMBLYMAN ANTHONY BRINDISI RECOGNIZED DURING NATIONAL ASSISTED LIVING WEEK. The Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) Friday presented an award of appreciation to Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, member of the Assembly Committee on Aging, for his leadership and unwavering support of New York’s senior citizens and those who care for them.

            Read the News Release (Sept. 18, 2017)                                                                                                                                      

            ANOTHER ADULT HOME CLOSES AS SSI LEGISLATION AWAITS GOVERNOR CUOMO'S DECISION. The Valehaven Home for Adults in Oswego is the latest closure due to the state's failure to increase the SSI benefit.

            Read the Politico NY News Article  (Aug. 25, 2017)

            INADEQUATE STATE FUNDING CLOSES ANOTHER HOME FOR SENIORS. Adirondack Manor Home for Adults - Valehaven in Malone, NY closed its doors Friday following more than 40 years of service.

            Read the News Release  (Aug. 7, 2017)

            SSI Rate Increase

            Increasing costs and inadequate state reimbursement threaten care of 12,000 seniors. The current SSI rate of $41 per day was last adjusted 10 years ago. The costs to operate and care for our most vulnerable residents has skyrocketed over the years, and facilities are closing because of it. 

            Get the Facts HERE (pdf file with graphics and talking points)