NU Online News Service, March 23, 2004, 12:05 p.m. EST – The New York chapter of AARP, Washington, is fighting to protect current New York state Medicaid long term care benefits.[@@]
New York Gov. George Pataki, a Republican, has released a proposed budget that would tighten eligibility rules.
AARP says it will be using direct mail, electronic advertising and print advertising to ask “thousands of AARP members across the state to contact their state legislators” to demand a stop to the new proposed eligibility requirements.
AARP says New York should cut Medicaid costs by establishing a formulary, or preferred drug list, for Medicaid beneficiaries instead of by restricting access to nursing home and home care benefits.