Governor Hochul Proposed Budget Will Expand Eligibility for Medicaid for Disabled/Age 65+/ Blind (DAB) to the MAGI Levels of the Affordable Care Act
21 Jan, 2022
Gov. Hochul's proposed NYS budget for FY 2023 released on Jan. 19, 2022 carries out the promise she made in her State of the State message delivered on Jan. 5, 2022. The Governor's proposed budget, if enacted, will make a groundbreaking expansion of Medicaid eligibility "so that low-income New Yorkers age 65 and up, as well as those with disabilities, are able to maintain Medicaid eligibility after they become eligible for Medicare. This coverage expansion will eliminate the resource eligibility test and raise the income level to 138 percent of the federal poverty level for these populations for these populations. These changes will enable extremely low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities to easily maintain secondary Medicaid coverage when their Medicare eligibility begins — significantly reducing health disparities across the State,reducing unnecessary eligibility redeterminations, and increase administrative efficiencies." Plan at page 35.
These changes would be effective January 1, 2023.
Read NYLAG's statement applauding the Governor's momentous position here.
Read NY Focus article Jan. 7, 2021 - Hochul Proposes Medicaid Expansion for Seniors and Disabled, Marking a Shift From Past Governors
Read the proposed amendment of the NY Social Services Law - see
In August 2021, a advocacy letter was sent to Governor Hochul by New York Legal Assistance Group, along with 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 that asked her 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).
The Governor heard our message and agrees that it's time for New York to catch up to California and other states that have equalized access for seniors and people with disabilities.
Under the Governor's proposed changes, people like Sonya will no longer fall off the "Medicaid cliff" and lose Medicaid when they lose "MAGI" eligibility under the ACA because they get Medicare or turn 65.
The Governor's State of the State plan for 2022 adopts 2 out of 3 points of our proposal:
Organizations can still endorse the proposal at this link.
Look for updates here.
See more changes proposed in the Governor's State of the State message here.
THANK YOU GOVERNOR HOCHUL FOR RECOGNIZING THAT NOW MORE THAN EVER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IS CRITICAL!!!