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Legislative Bulletin: Final Stretch of Session Kicks Off Next Week

CCRC Cybersecurity Regulations Exemption Bill Advances in Senate

This week, amid a protracted partisan stalemate in the Senate and rumors about the 2018 Legislative Session potentially ending a week early, one of LeadingAge NY’s key priorities was on the move. On Wednesday, A.10486 (Cahill)/S.7940-A (Seward), a bill that would exempt continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) from the expensive and onerous cybersecurity regulations adopted by the Department of Financial Services (DFS) last year, was reported out of the Senate Insurance Committee and is now on its second reading. Following its third reading, the bill will be placed on the Senate Floor Calendar for debate. To send your legislators a pre-written letter or social media message encouraging them to sign on as a co-sponsor, please click here. Now is also a great opportunity to thank Senate Insurance Committee Chair Jim Seward for advancing the bill and call on Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Kevin Cahill to do the same. LeadingAge NY has prepared the following sample messages for you to post on your social media platforms:

Facebook: Thank you @SenatorJimSeward for advancing bill A.10486/S.7940-A out of the Insurance Committee. @AssemblymanCahill, now it’s your turn!

Twitter: Thank you to Senator Jim Seward for advancing bill A.10486/S.7940-A out of the @NYSenate Insurance Committee. @cahill2012, now it’s your turn!

During Final Stretch of Session, Continue Advocating on LeadingAge NY’s Other Priorities

All hands on deck, advocates! With only 11 session days left, LeadingAge NY remains committed to advancing a number of other important bills and asks that you keep up the pressure on your legislators to sign on to and work with their colleagues to pass the following:

Coalition for Safe and Affordable Care Calls on Lawmakers to Oppose Staffing Ratios Legislation

On Wednesday, LeadingAge NY and more than a dozen health organizations comprising the “Coalition for Safe and Affordable Care” issued a letter to lawmakers urging their opposition to the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. The bill seeks to impose specific staffing ratios for nurses and other direct care staff in hospitals and nursing homes at a cost of approximately $1.06 billion to nursing homes statewide. As the Coalition’s press announcement explains, these inflexible ratios “would undermine real-time patient care decisions, deny hospitals the workforce flexibility they need to respond to emergencies, and disrupt team-based care by crowding out other essential members of the health care team.” Please share the letter with your lawmakers and tell them why this issue is important to you!

Click here to access additional resources to educate your legislators about the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. LeadingAge NY encourages you to fill out and share our fiscal impact document with your lawmakers as well.

Partners in Quality Award Nomination Form Coming Soon

Finally, with the 2018 Legislative Session drawing to a close, now is the time to thank your lawmakers for their advocacy efforts. LeadingAge NY has created the Partners in Quality Award for you to recognize your federal, state, and local elected officials for their work on behalf of your organization and the individuals you serve. Whether you already have a relationship with a particular lawmaker or want to build a new alliance, the award provides the opportunity to bring public recognition to officeholders who are working to protect New York’s seniors.

The Partners in Quality Award nomination form and further information is forthcoming.

Contacts:

Ami Schnauber, aschnauber@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8854

Jeff Diamond, jdiamond@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8821