SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) applauds the New York State Department of Health for integrating questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into its new Uniform Assessment System for New York (UAS-NY), which will used throughout the state’s network of Medicaid community based long-term care services and programs.
The UAS-NY was implemented in March 2013 and is used by nurses and social workers in the assessment and intake process for all patients entering into Medicaid home- and community-based long-term care in New York. The system facilitates patient access to programs and services, and fosters consistency in the assessment process, improving long-term care for New Yorkers. Eight Medicaid programs will use the UAS-NY, including adult day health care, assisted living, care at home, managed long-term care, and more. This assessment system will now collect data on LGBT older people who navigate this system for the first time in the state’s history.
“The New York State Department of Health has taken a visionary, important step towards making sure that LGBT older people throughout New York are properly assessed in the Medicaid long-term care system, and in turn receive the best, patient-centered care possible,” said Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE, the largest and oldest national organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. “We also congratulate our partners in the New York State Office for the Aging for taking similar steps in 2013 to address the needs of LGBT elders.”
The New York State Department of Health included questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the UAS-NY based on guidance from SAGE. In addition, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) began collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in 2013 to address health disparities among LGBT elders in their network.Read More ▶