FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/12/18
Contact: Alyssa Lovelace, Director for Public Policy
518.463.1118, ext. 818
Statement by Claudia J. Hammar, President of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (HCP) on State Proposal That Would Drive Licensed Home Care Agencies out of Business and Negatively Impact New Yorkers’ Access Home Care Services
On behalf of the thousands of elderly and disabled patients, home care workers and HCP members, we call on the Legislature to reject the Governor’s Budget Proposal that would limit the number of licensed home care services agencies (LHCSAs) that a Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plan can contract with to ten.
“This Governor’s Budget proposal, along with recent remarks by Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson stating that there are too many LHCSAs, make it clear that it is the State’s intention to reduce the number of licensed agencies – most of which provide essential personal care services to chronically ill, disabled and elderly New Yorkers. Decreasing the number of LHCSAs would result in limited access to home care services for tens of thousands of New Yorkers who rely on these services,” stated Hammar.
New York’s population is aging, with 3.7 million New York residents currently over the age of 60. This number is projected to double in the coming years, increasing demand for home care services on an already stressed industry.
LHCSAs provide essential health care and personal care services to assist with daily tasks and allow vulnerable people to stay in the comfort and safety of their homes. With a reduced number of LHCSAs, there will be reduced access to these services, and thousands of elderly and disabled New York residents will be forced to either go without care or be placed in a more costly setting – which is in direct conflict with the goals of the State’s Medicaid Redesign Initiative.
Home care needs more investment from the State, not less. Limiting the number of LHCSAs in an MLTC network to 10 is a heavy-handed approach that will force home care agencies out of business, leave thousands of workers unemployed, and hundreds of thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers without access to care.