members at 2017 pride parade
How the Tax Bill Will Hurt Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Just a few months ago ICS members and millions of Americans breathed a sigh of relief when the repeal of Obamacare failed in Congress, leaving the Medicaid program untouched. The tax bill barrelling its way through Congress toward the president's desk once again raises the danger that Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and other benefits older Americans and people with disabilities rely on will be cut. Learn more here.
Dee Visco, Director of the ICS Wound Care Program

Pressure Sores are Painful, Expensive, Dangerous . . . and Preventable

Pressure sore prevention is effective, yet 2.5 million people get pressure injuries - also called bed sores - in the United States each year and 60,000 die as a result. Pressure sores are also extremely painful and hugely expensive to treat, costing from $20,900 to $151,700 per wound, according to the U.S. Department of Health – adding up to $12 billion dollars each year.  
More than half of ICS members are at risk for pressure injuries, yet our rate of wound development remains low, thanks to the ICS Wound Care Team. Dee Visco, who leads the team, recently spoke about the costs and the importance of prevention and education during the broadcast of a community access TV show. Watch the video here.
A Pooled Trust Can Help Medicaid Recipients
Keep Control of Their Money
Many people worry about how their finances will affect their eligibility for Medicaid. Recognizing the needs of people who require long-term care, New York State created a pooled trust program to help these residents preserve their income and assets while still getting the services they need. Learn more here.

Flo Fox, Photographer
ICS member Flo Fox is a world-renowned photographer and a real New York character. See her photos and read her story here. 
"Someone to Talk To,"Flo Fox,1974
Homeless and Disabled
in New York City
New York City has the nation's
largest homeless population and a disproportionate number of homeless New Yorkers have a disability, yet the City's shelter system is widely inaccessible. A recent legal settlement aims to change that. The settlement arose from a lawsuit brought by a number of individuals with disabilities, the Center for Independence of the Disabled, and the Coalition for the Homeless. The plaintiffs were all represented by the Legal Aid Society. See what they achieved here.
Is Aging Now a Crime?
At a time when criminal arrests have been falling nationwide, arrests of people over the age of 65 rose by 28 percent. What’s behind this surprising trend? Find out here.
It's Easy to Verify Eligibility
If you are an ICS provider and need
to verify a member's eligibilty, just call 1.877.ICS.2525 and provide the member's name and date of birth.
Provider Relations Contacts
Our partnership with our providers is very important. The ICS Provider Relations Department has responsive, knowledgeable staff who can answer questions and offer assistance. Key contacts are below. 
Deana Lawson, Vice President for Contracting & Provider Relations:
Jenny Leung, Provider Relations Field Representative:
646.653.6331 jenny.leung@icsny.org
Eva Rosa, Credentialing Supervisor:
212.584.2505 eva.rosa@icsny.org  
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