Disability advocates rally in Albany to protect consumer-directed care

February 15, 2019 08:52 PM

ALBANY - Disability advocates rallied in Albany on Monday. They want the governor to keep his hands off consumer-directed care. That's the program that lets them hire their own caregivers.

Those at the rally drove home their point -- the governor's plan to cut funding will force people into nursing homes. That's because fiscal intermediaries would also be trimmed.

The fiscal intermediaries provide the administrative support for consumer-directed care. They also provide other services, specific to community needs. Without those services, many at the rally fear they'll be forced from their homes.

Institutional care is much more costly than consumer-directed. It would also take people out of the workforce - and out of the taxpayer pool. In the end, that would cost us more money than the current system.

NewsChannel 13's Benita Zahn reached out to the state Health Department on this and was told that care levels would be maintained.

Benita also sat down with the executive director of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State. You can hear some of his comments in the WEB EXTRA below.

WEB EXTRA: Consumer-directed care


Benita Zahn & WNYT Staff

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