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Minimum Wage Surveys Due Sept. 21st

A reminder that nursing homes, Assisted Living Programs (ALPs), and Hospice providers have until Fri., Sept. 21st to complete this year’s minimum wage survey. No extensions will be granted.

The survey collects wage and hour data for the period April 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 and has separate sections for each of the state’s three minimum wage regions: (1) New York City; (2) Westchester/Long Island; and (3) all remaining counties. Direct and contract staff for which the organization is able to produce a payroll record should be included. Please note that while the Dear Administrator Letters (DALs) reference "direct care workers," all workers whose wages fall within the specified wage bands listed on the surveys should be reported if the organization is able to produce a payroll record for them.

The reported information will help the State make appropriate rate adjustments to reflect increases in the state's minimum wage in 2019 and more accurately plan for future year funding. Medicaid minimum wage rate adjustments can only be used to fund the incremental cost of increasing a worker's pay to the minimum wage, including associated wage-sensitive benefits.

Providers who are not impacted by the increase in minimum wage or who choose to opt out of the full survey are requested to submit the survey but need only to complete questions 1 through 6. Failure to complete the survey may result in no minimum wage funding. The survey requires attestation by the organization's CEO or CFO.

Links to the surveys, the accompanying DALs, as well as print versions of the surveys that members may find helpful in preparing the information in advance of online entry are provided below:

  • Click here to access the Nursing Home survey. DAL is here; the print version is here.
  • Click here to access the ALP survey. DAL is here; the print version is here.
  • Click here to access the Hospice survey. DAL is here; the print version is here.

Contact: Darius Kirstein, dkirstein@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8841