AARP New York, a nonprofit organization that advocates for older adults, has called for increased funding for nursing home oversight programs and expanded efforts to lower prescription drug costs for older people in the state. The organization released its 2023 agenda on Wednesday, which includes proposals to make it easier for people to access benefit programs, increase transparency for large drug manufacturers and higher wages for home care workers.
AARP New York also wants to boost funding for in-home services for elderly people who are living in their own homes, as the state’s population rapidly ages. The organization’s NYS Blueprint also includes proposals that have struggled to gain traction in the past, such as allowing accessory dwelling units, which was shelved last year due to suburban opposition.
“New York’s 50-plus have the experience, expertise and commitment to make our state’s future bright,” said AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel. “We must address the challenges they experience, and this blueprint provides a roadmap to help our leaders, legislators and policymakers tackle that task.”
The pandemic has created several challenges for benefit delivery, nursing home care, and long-term care programs for people who struggle financially, especially older adults. The state has seen a significant increase in the population over 50 and older, and the organization believes that these proposals will help address the challenges they face.
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