AARP, Legislators Announce Passage of Bill to Cut Red-Tape in Caring for Relatives

New York on Track to Reduce Costs and Cut Bureaucracy for Guardians to Care for Out-of-State Relatives

Apr 29, 2013, 16:19 ET from AARP New York State

ALBANY, N.Y., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What:  New Yorkers must cut through costly red tape when trying to exercise health care, financial and other legal responsibilities in caring for elderly parents who have moved out of state. That may soon change. Tomorrow, AARP will join with lawmakers to announce legislation (S2534/A857) that would solve the problem by allowing guardians to exercise their rights more easily across state-lines.

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair, Senate Health Committee
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Chair, Assembly Judiciary Committee 
Derrick Holmes, AARP Volunteer                              

When:   Tuesday, April 30, 12:30 PM

WhereRoom 130, Legislative Office Building

Why:  Currently, New York caregivers who have been appointed guardians for out-of-state parents or other relatives face expensive and time-consuming hurdles. They must file for guardianship in the other states, a process that often requires hiring lawyers and navigating courts. But the New York State Senate is expected today to pass Senator Hannon's bill allowing a simplified process for guardians to exercise their rights in other states. The bill has already passed the Assembly under Helene Weinstein's sponsorship. If Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the measure, New York would become the 41st and largest state with such a law in place. AARP is advocating universal legislation in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.      

SOURCE AARP New York State