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Urge Lawmakers to Ensure ACFs and ALPs Have Sufficient Access to Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program Funding

LeadingAge New York was extremely pleased with language regarding Phase III of the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program in last year’s final budget agreement because it helped to ensure that previously overlooked providers, such as adult care facilities (ACFs) and assisted living programs (ALPs), could be eligible applicants for these much-needed funds. We are concerned, therefore, about the Executive Budget proposal to move $300 million from Phase III to award additional Phase II applicants because it diminishes the funds available for ACF and ALP providers to compete for. Furthermore, the allocation of “up to $20 million” for the development of new ALPs where need is identified in last year’s final budget agreement could result in a dollar amount far less than $20 million.

ACFs and ALPs are in desperate need of capital funds to update aging infrastructure, support aging in place and dementia care, and provide better integrated care. These investments, in tandem with funding for the development of new ALPs where need is identified, could save Medicaid dollars by preventing nursing home placement. In addition, providers need these funds as soon as possible and have been awaiting the Phase III application for nearly a year.

LeadingAge New York is asking lawmakers to modify the Executive Budget proposal regarding the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program slightly to require that a minimum of $20 million in Phase III funds be awarded for both the development of new ALPs in areas where need is identified, as well as already licensed and operational ACFs and ALPs. There should also be a timeframe established by which these much-needed awards will be made; they have already been delayed too long.

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