The fight to maintain at-home healthcare rights for New Yorkers with disabilities made its way to the state capitol Monday.
Governor Cuomo’s budget calls for $75 million in cuts to CDPA (Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program). It allows seniors and people with disabilities to choose who provides their care and how it is provided.
Lawmakers seeking to save CDPA say eliminating the program would strip people of their independence.
“Don’t you think letting someone be able to stay at their own home and get care,” said Assemblyman Chris Tague. “To me that’s important. That gives a person their dignity and allows them to live their life in the best quality they can.”
CDPA serves an estimated 70,000 New Yorkers statewide.