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Advocates urge Governor to include Medicaid Eligibility Equity in the Executive Budget - by Expanding Eligibility for Disabled/Age 65+/ Blind (DAB) Medicaid

26 Aug, 2021

New York Legal Assistance Group, Medicaid Matters New York, the Medicare Rights Center, Community Service Society of New York, The Legal Aid Society, New York StateWide Senior Action Council, and over 50 other organizations, are asking New York’s new Governor, Kathy Hochul, to expand Medicaid  eligibility for older adults and people with disabilities in the 2022-23 Executive Budget.   These groups were left out of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  It's time to catch up and stop them from falling off the "Medicaid cliff!" when they lose "MAGI" eligibility under the ACA because they get Medicare or turn 65.

The proposal includes:

  • Raising the Medicaid income eligibility level for people 65 and over and people with disabilities to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL);

  • Eliminating or increasing  the asset limit for people 65 and over and people with disabilities; and

  • Raising the eligibility level for the Medicare Savings Program from 100% to 200% of the federal poverty level for QMB and to 250% FPL for SLIMB and QI-1. 

Organizations can endorse the proposal at this link.

The letter sent to Governor Hochul on August 24, 2021, with 3 attachments explaining the three proposals above, may be downloaded here.

Look for updates here.

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