Putnam Independent Living Services
(PILS) is a satellite office of the Westchester Independent Living Center
(WILC). WILC is a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and resource center
that serves people of all ages with all types of disabilities. It is part of a
national network of centers that provide a wide spectrum of non-residential and
non-medical services. These services are designed by, directed by, and in most
cases, delivered by qualified disabled individuals. The scope of the services
is directed by individual and community needs.
WILC's/PILS's mission is
two-pronged: 1) to assist individuals with disabilities become as independent
as they can be and 2) to work within the community to provide Education,
Disability Awareness, and Advocacy for the Removal of Barriers.
located in Carmel, NY - Putnam
County's County Seat. It not only provides services to Putnam County, but it
also facilitates WILC is servicing the northern part of WILC's catchment area,
i.e., Putnam County, northern Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan
Counties. WILC's main office is
located in White Plains,
NY - Westchester County's County Seat.
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Westchester Independent Living Center
(WILC) promotes the Independent Living philosophy of CHOICE, SOCIETAL INCLUSION
and EMPOWERMENT for persons with disabilities.
WHAT YOU NEED TO
KNOW IF YOU RECEIVE BOTH MEDICARE AND MEDICAID
RIGHTS UNDER MEDICAID MANAGED LONG TERM CARE IMPLEMENTATION
Medicaid managed care in New York State
is continuing to be phased in on an aggressive schedule. Dual eligibles - low
income elderly or disabled Medicare recipients who qualify for Medicaid - who
need long term care services for more than 120 days are now subject to
mandatory enrollment in Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) in New York City, Long
Island, and Westchester, with expansion planned for Upstate New York this
Legislation sponsored by Assembly
member Gottfried, A.4996, seeks to clarify due process protections for dual
eligibles and ensure they are mandated into the MLTC Program and have the same
procedural rights to notice and fair hearings as other Medicaid recipients.
Specifically, the bill addresses the differences in the protections afforded
enrollees that have emerged during the implementation of the Managed Long Term
- A.4996 guarantees that dual eligibles have the same
fair hearing rights as other managed care enrollees and are not required to
exhaust internal appeals first.
- A.4996 also clarifies that MLTC plans may not
arbitrarily reduce long term care services at any time without the consumer
having the right to seek review with services continuing pending that review.
IF YOU RECEIVE BOTH MEDICARE
AND MEDICAID, ENSURE YOUR RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for A.4996 by calling or
Gottfried: 518.455.4939, GottfriedR@assembly.state.ny.us
Assembly member Sandy Galef:
Assembly member Amy
Paulin: 914.723.1115, firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A WILC SYSTEMS
ADVOCACY VOUNTEER, CALL: Lisa Tarricone @914.682.3926 ext. 2112