Lives Upended by Disputed Cuts in Home-Health Care for Disabled Patients


A detailed report by a coalition of more than 100 nonprofit groups shows that the crisis in Ms. Negron’s family has been repeated in hundreds of households covered by Senior Health Partners.
Nina Bernstein
New York Times (NYT)

Organizations mentioned/involved: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), Legal Aid Society (New York City)


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Between June 2015 and December 2015, the study found a sixfold increase in hearings that challenged home-care reductions. In more than 90 percent of those 1,042 hearings, the companies lost or simply withdrew proposed cuts when challenged. Though Senior Health Partners is only one of more than 20 such plans in New York, serving about 12 percent of managed long-term care clients, it accounted for 56 percent of those hearings.

Not counting settlements, managed care companies prevailed only 1.2 percent of the time. But the report said that many of the most vulnerable clients had no way to fight cuts, unaware that they could appeal. And even those who prevailed at hearings have often faced new cutbacks, said Elizabeth Jois, a lawyer at the New York Legal Assistance Group.