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Niagara Hospice Statement in Response to Governor's Veto of Hospice-Access Bill

Mon, Jan 28th 2019 02:35 pm

Lockport, NY - Niagara Hospice President & CEO John Lomeo issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew C. Cuomo's recent veto of a bill that affected assisted living program residents and their ability to access hospice care:

"On December 28, 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a bill (NY-AB10459, sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo) that would have directed the New York State Department of Health to establish a mechanism for Medicaid-eligible assisted living program (ALP) residents diagnosed with a terminal disease to access hospice services in their facility.

"This decision by the governor forces terminally ill patients to choose between remaining in their assisted living facility without hospice care or re-locating to another setting to access hospice in what is an often traumatic transfer.

"The governor's veto of this bill, which was passed and supported by the New York State Senate and Assembly, places an unnecessary burden on our local patients and families at the most sensitive, emotional time.

"Hospice administrators and caregivers are optimistic that the governor will not repeat his veto in 2019 and eventually allow dying patients in ALP facilities to gain the right to hospice care. Niagara Hospice will continue to advocate for complete hospice access for all residents to ensure that no one is denied hospice services."


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