It is imperative that New York follows through on its promises to our disability community and enact laws to protect the civil rights and programs that allow people with disabilities to live independent, integrated lives in their communities. NYAIL works with our ILC members and the community to be at the forefront of disability advocacy in New York. Every year we release a Budget and a Legislative Disability Priority Agenda which help guide our advocacy efforts. We also write memos in support or opposition to specific legislation. 

Below is information regarding NYAIL's 2023 budget and legislative priorities:

Summary:

• Increase base funding for Independent Living Centers (ILCs) to $18 million in SFY 2023- 24 as supported by the State Education Department and Board of Regents.

• Address the home care crisis by increasing wages for home care workers to 150% of the State’s minimum wage, as outlined in the Fair Pay for Home Care Act.

• Repeal cuts to eligibility for Medicaid proposed by the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) II which makes it more difficult for people to receive vital community-based long-term supports and services (LTSS).

• Expand eligibility for New York’s Medicaid Buy-In program by eliminating age and asset limits to support the employment of people with disabilities.

• Increase the State’s share of funding for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program to $15 million.

• Increase funding for Access to Home to $10 million.

Below is information regarding NYAIL's 2022 budget and legislative priorities:

Additional resources on NYAIL’s priority issues: