The New York Association on Independent Living has announced that the annual Budget Advocacy Day will be held on February 10th in 2020. The event brings together the statewide independent living movement in New York to advocate and inform lawmakers in Albany. A large turnout is expected due to concerns over potentially significant cuts to the Medicaid program and what that might mean to programs vital to the independence of people with disabilities. Items of particular concern in next year's budget include funding for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPA), Independent Living Center funding, and Access to Home funding. NYAIL will hold the event in collaboration with the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS).

Several speakers from the legislature and ILCs are expected during the hour long program set to start at 11 a.m. in the Well of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in downtown Albany, N.Y. More details will be made available in the new year. 

NYAIL has also released a Budget Priorities Letter to the Governor that outlines many issues that will hopefully be addressed in his upcoming budget due out next month. The letter is available at the following link