Families, Seniors, Women
2014-2015 NYS Budget Highlights
Assemblyman Magnarelli feels strongly that you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to receive adequate health care. One of his top priorities is to make certain each and every New Yorker has the care they need and deserve.
*The 2014-15 state budget includes $13 million to support 2 percent salary increases for direct care workers, including those caring for the disabled at nonprofits licensed by the state. The first COLA will take place on Jan 1, 2015, and the second increase will go into effect on April 1, 2015.
*The final budget agreement continues to ensure proper health care is available for our most vulnerable populations. The final budget rejects the governor’s recommendation to eliminate allowing spousal refusal, restoring $10 million. The practice of spousal refusal protects healthy spouses from being required to spend their life savings to care for ill spouses in need of long-term care.
*The state budget also provides $7 million in support for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund.
* The budget provides $4.1 million for the expansion of eligibility for the
Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program by increasing
the income limit for the deductible plan from $35,000 to $75.000 for those
who are single and $50,000 to $100,000 for those who are married.
*The 2014-15 budget also invests in our health care systems’
infrastructure by including a new $1.2 billion capital program. The funding
will support projects that improve financial stability and increase efficiency of
health care providers. These funds will complement the $8 billion federal
Medicaid Waiver program that will reinvest savings into the transformation
of New York’s health care system.
Assemblyman Magnarelli is working to keep quality health care affordable for area families. He supported the Women’s Health and Wellness Act, which was signed into law, giving New York the most comprehensive women’s health coverage law in the country, including access to vital preventive health care screening and treatment services. The Assemblyman supported Family Health Plus, a landmark health care law that brings health coverage to 1 million uninsured New Yorkers and helped expand the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program which provides seniors with low-cost prescriptions. He was also an advocate for legislation that holds HMO’s liable for denying necessary treatments and prevents them from imposing unfair rate increases. The Assemblyman maintains a close and supportive relationship with all hospitals, community health centers and long term facilities in his district, assisting them with available grant funding.
Compassionate Care Act (A.6357-B)
Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli voted for legislation allowing seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana to alleviate some of the pain caused by debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. Additionally, the bill would require that medical marijuana be tracked under the I-STOP law – New York’s real-time prescription-drug database – ensuring that it’s used in a safe and responsible manner.
Assemblyman Magnarelli said, “I supported legalizing medical marijuana under the supervision of a licensed health care practitioner because the research shows it can provide effective relief for symptoms associated with many of the most debilitating illnesses, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, post-traumatic stress disorder and HIV/AIDS The justification in prescribing medical marijuana is no different than the justification for prescribing other controlled substances, like painkillers or steroids, which are used medically but are otherwise illegal.”