PNHP - NY Metro's Monthly Forum:
Long-Term Care, Disability Rights, and
the Single-Payer Movement
Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Mt. Sinai Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center,
10 Union Square East @ E. 14th Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium, Manhattan
- Nadina LaSpina, NYC educator and disability rights activist
- Henry Moss, PhD, Board Member, PNHP - New York Metro
- Representatives from New York Caring Majority, a coalition of advocacy organizations representing older adults, people with disabilities, family caregivers, and home care workers
Join PNHP - NY Metro for a wide-ranging discussion of this critical issue. Long-term personal care has been inadequately addressed in the single-payer community but is an essential part of health care. Millions of older adults and younger adults with disabilities rely on such care for a decent quality of life. Yet caregiving is insufficiently valued in our society, and millions of unpaid family caregivers, mostly women, forego employment, reduce hours, or leave jobs to care for loved ones. Paid caregivers, mostly women of color, suffer low pay and poor working conditions. Disabled younger adults often forego higher education and quality careers to stay poor enough to qualify for public services.
Long-term care is included as a benefit in the national Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676, and will be added to the New York Health Act when it is reintroduced for the 2019 legislative session. This promises to bring older adults, younger adults with disabilities, caregivers, and care workers into active support for a universal single-payer health program in New York.