Month: March 2016

April 20: Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DRSIP) – HWCLI April Meeting

Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DRSIP)

As we close out on the first year of this program, an overview of the past twelve months; the engagement of CBOs thus far and their participation moving forward

Guest Speakers:

David Nemiroff, LCSW
Executive Director, Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers, Inc.
NUMC Lead for Nassau Queens PPS, LLC

Joseph Lamantia
Chief of Operations for Population Health
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook Lead for Suffolk Care Collaborative

We will also be joined by our colleagues from Health Management Associates, who are consulting with HWCLI on assessing the full cost of services and need for capacity development of community based providers working on DSRIP.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Marcum LLP, 10 Melville Park Road, Melville, NY 11747
11:30 am – Registration and lunch
12:00 pm – Meeting

To register, please click here or copy and paste this link into your browser:

Questions? Please contact Peggy Kruger at or 516-505-4428


A new report released by the New York State Comptroller’s Office shows the impact and contribution the growing Hispanic population in New York has had on shaping the economy.

According to the report, nearly 3.7 million New York residents are Hispanic – about 20 percent of our total population.  While there are Hispanic New Yorkers living in every city and county across the state, 87 percent of Hispanics reside in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.

As of 2013, more than 75 percent of Hispanic New Yorkers aged 18 to 24 had earned a high school diploma (or its equivalent), up sharply from 57 percent in 2000. And Hispanics accounted for 17 percent of New York’s labor force.

Entrepreneurship and business ownership are on the rise in the Hispanic community. The report found that between 1997 and 2012, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses more than doubled, from 104,000 to nearly 268,000. This means that 13 percent of all businesses in New York are owned by Hispanics.

While the report focuses primarily on data from New York City, similar contributions are evident on Long Island and across New York State.

NY Rising closing opt-in measures for homeowners

The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery recently announced that the NY Rising Single Family Homeowner Program will be closing the opt-in program for Optional Items, through which current applicants can apply for optional mitigation measures for their homes (elevation, optional mitigation and bulkhead). Subsequent additional deadlines are now also in place, requiring homeowners to submit necessary documentation related to the opt-in program.

Optional Measures Deadline2016

Applicants who have any questions, or would like to opt-in for additional measures can contact their Customer Representative or call 516-830-4949.

For more information about the Single Family Homeowner Program, please click here.

TAKE ACTION: Community Health Advocates’ Funding At Risk!

Community Health Advocates (CHA) is the Consumer Voice for health care access – and it needs your help. 

CHA will have to cut services by 25% without an additional $1.5 million in funding from the Legislature.


   Send a message to your legislators now!
CHA helps New Yorkers:

  • Understand how to use their health insurance;
  • Resolve billing issues and coverage denials with their health plans;
  • Maximize their coverage (get prior authorizations, access specialists and obtain out-of-network services when needed);
  • Access affordable health care services and hospital financial assistance programs; and
  • Understand how small business owners can offer health insurance and get health insurance tax credits.

Since 2010 the CHA helpline and network of community based organizations has completed over 239,000 cases for New Yorkers across the state.  CHA has saved New Yorkers close to $15 million in health care and health insurance costs. 

CHA has an annual budget of $4 million.  Governor Cuomo included $2.5 million for CHA in the state budget this year, leaving a $1.5 million gap to keep CHA services at their current level.  You can help make sure your legislators provide and support funding for this critical program!



State releases report detailing progress of NY Rising Program

In compliance with laws passed in 2015, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery released their first legislative quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2015. The report, submitted to the state Assembly and Senate, provides data outlining progress made in their NY Rising Housing Recovery, Small Business and Community Reconstruction Programs.

Specifically related to the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program, the state released the following data for Nassau and Suffolk Counties:



Based on this, less than one fifth of eligible Nassau and Suffolk County cases have been  closed.

The full legislative report can be found by clicking here.

Newsday also provided coverage of this report here.


Free Tax Preparation Assistance

If you made less than $54,000 in 2015, you may be eligible for free tax preparation assistance through the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island’s Virtual VITA program. The Virtual VITA program utilizes technology to connect the tax payer and tax preparer. Instead of waiting at the intake site for an available tax preparer, the tax preparer is at an off-site location. The intake process takes less than 20 minutes and tax returns are completed in a few days, ensuring clients get access to all tax credits and refunds they may be eligible for.

It’s fast, easy and free!

For more information or for times and locations call 516-505-4432

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