NYLAG is one of many organizations that submitted testimony about the budget. We oppose changes in “spousal protections” that will impoverish married couples, deny critical medical and home care to sick spouses and children, and increase institutionalization. We reject proposed changes that would relieve Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans of nursing home costs by ceasing to enroll members in MLTC plans after 6 months in a nursing home, after which the nursing home would bill Medicaid Fee
for Service. This would lead to institutionalizing high-need members rather than providing them with adequate home care. We also oppose the elimination of certain protections for prescription medications, which would create new barriers to individuals with complex medical conditions. Finally, while we favor increasing the cap on Physical Therapy (PT) visits from 20 to 40 visits per year, we believe the proposal falls short of providing the appropriate level of access to physical therapy and does nothing to address the cap on Speech and Occupational Therapy visits.
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