NY nonprofits urge Medicaid boosts for wages, residences
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Three nonprofit organizations that care for thousands of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities say they support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call to raise the minimum wage gradually to $15 an hour but they'll need Medicaid increases to do it.
NYSARC, the Alliance of Long Island Agencies and the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State say unfunded mandates to raise wages would force them to cut direct service staff who take care of about 100,000 vulnerable New Yorkers.
They're calling for increases of $135 million in the state share of Medicaid funding for the coming year.
They also say another $50 million in state Medicaid is needed for the residential placements of disabled individuals whose aging parents can't safely keep them at home.
The minimum wage now is $9 an hour.