SSI Bill Passes Senate: Contact Your Assembly Member for Their Support

Carla Erhartic

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT- A.10224 (Brindisi, Gottfried; Ways & Means) S.7333 (Serino; Passed Senate)

The New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (“NYSHFA/NYSCAL”), a statewide association of providers of long term care services, caring for individuals of all ages in proprietary, not-for-profit, and government-sponsored skilled nursing, post-acute, rehab, adult care and assisted living communities across New York supports A.10224 (Brindisi, Gottfried) which would increase the Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) rate adult care facilities receive in order to ensure that needed services continue to be available to low income SSI recipients.

Specifically, this legislation will provide a three-year phased-in SSI increase as follows:  $2.50 per day increase effective January 1, 2017, an additional $2.50 per day increase effective April 1, 2017, and an additional $2.50 per day increase effective April 1, 2018. 

This legislation is essential given that New York has not increased the State portion of the SSI rate for low income elderly and disabled individuals in adult care facilities in 9 years.  While the State portion of the SSI rate has remained frozen for 9 years, facility costs for food, labor, health insurance and utilities, among other things, have increased year after year.

Consequently, New York’s current $40 per day is clearly insufficient to provide room, meals, activities, case management, supervision and medication assistance for our SSI recipients.

In order for providers caring for SSI residents in New York to continue to provide high quality care and services, it is imperative that the State increase the SSI rate to a level sufficient to meet the needs of these residents. By providing incremental increases in the daily rate over a two year period, A.10224 (Brindisi, Gottfried) will ensure continued access to care, allow low income seniors and disabled individuals to remain in the community and avoid higher Medicaid costs which result when residents are displaced.

Given the foregoing, the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living respectfully requests your support for A.10224 (Brindisi, Gottfried) and urges its passage by the Assembly. Use this link to locate your Assembly Member.  http://assembly.state.ny.us/