LTCCC’S SECOND ANNUAL COCKTAIL PARTY
HONORING TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE WORKED TO EMPOWER NEW YORK STATE CONSUMERS:
MICHAEL BURGESS, DIRECTOR OF THE STATE OFFICE FOR THE AGING
HONORABLE RICHARD N. GOTTFRIED, CHAIR, NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
On October 6, 2010 the Long Term Care Community Coalition honored Michael Burgess and Richard Gottfried at the Federal Hall
in downtown Manhattan.
Richard Mollot, Executive Director, Welcomes Everybody
Everyone enjoyed the cocktail party. The food was wonderful and the conversation stimulating!
Presentation of awards:
Richard Mollot presenting the "apple" to Michael Burgess
Cynthia Rudder, Director of Special Projects, presenting the "apple" to Richard Gottfried
Lisa Wickens, Board Member and Event Committee Member, moderates the question and answer session - with Michael Burgess and Richard Gottfried
Michael Burgess and Cynthia Rudder
After the presentation of awards, each honoree responded to questions on long term care. Some of the questions asked:
- The New York State Office for the Aging was recently awarded a Lifespan Respite Program grant from the US Administration on Aging, supporting community-based respite programs for caregivers. Can you tell us a little more how this grant works and how much money was awarded?
- On October 26, 2004 the Assisted Living Reform Act was signed as Chapter 2 of Laws of 2004. The ALR regulations were promulgated on March of 2008 and were the subject of litigation brought by the Empire State Association of Assisted Living and New York Coalition for Quality Assisted Living. As a result of the settlement of the litigation the regulations were amended. The changes include a modification to resident rights; the 45 day notification of a fee increase was annulled and ALRs certified as an Enhanced or Special Needs ALR are no longer required to have a nurse on staff. What are your thoughts on these changes and what if anything can be done to fight for the rights of potential consumers of ALRs?
- With the gubernatorial elections upon us it is clear that the next Administration will need to focus on the budget gaps and some of the strategies communicated by nominees are downsizing government and State staff and we are concerned that may mean less focus and oversight of the frail elderly and disabled, what are your thoughts on this? What can we do to help?
- Assembly Bill 1752 Nursing Care Quality Protection was signed into law on 9/18/09 but Assembly bill 2264, the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act did not have a Senate Sponsor. In addition, as you know very well, Mr. Gottfried, we have been unable to get support for your bill on staff ratios for our nursing homes. You have supported health care staffing legislation for years, can you explain the major oppositions to these bills and amendments that may effectuate adoption?
- Often, as you know, consumers and their advocates have trouble influencing policy, given their lack of resources. What can consumers and their advocates do to, with their limited resources to make sure their voices are heard?
- National studies have indicated that the ombudsman program should be independent, not part of any government agency. What is your position on this?
- The Lieutenant Governor has suggested that the authority to create the reimbursement rates for nursing home and hospitals be moved from the Legislature to the Executive. What is your position on this?
Richard Gottfried responding to questions.
Michael Burgess responding to questions.
Cynthia Rudder asking a question.
Deborah Truhowsky, Board Member and Event Committee Member, giving thanks and saying goodbye.
Thanks to our sponsors: Grand Host: Verizon
Benefactors: PHI, Bernstein Real Estate, Ostroff, Hiffa & Associates, SCAA, AARP, Omnicare, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Atlanticare, CID-NY,
and the New York State Nurses Association.
Pattiedesign designed the Save the Date Cards and the Invitations; flowers were provided by Rebecca Cole Grows; honoree gifts provided by the firm of DF Truhowsky & Associates.