Caring Majority

We organize seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers & home care workers to build a more caring — more feminist — economy — one with universal healthcare & long-term care & dignity for caregivers.

The New York Caring Majority is a movement of seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, domestic workers, and home care providers from all across New York State.

We want to make home care affordable and available to all who need it, to create the quality long-term care jobs we need to meet our growing demand, and to defend basic and essential programs such as Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and the Affordable Care Act.

The COVID-19 crisis is exposing so much of what is dysfunctional about our current economic and healthcare system. The pandemic has made it clear that universal access to healthcare is a life-or-death need for New Yorkers. And yet even as this tragedy continues to unfold around us, our elected leaders at the state and city levels are proposing additional cuts to Medicaid and other essential services.

New York’s long-term care system was straining to support our families long before the coronavirus outbreak. Our city, state, and nation face an unprecedented Elder Boom. Every eight seconds, another baby boomer turns 65, creating greater demand for caregiving and services like home care that allow older adults and people with disabilities to age and live at home.

Access to dignified long-term home- and community-based care is among the most pressing challenges facing elders and people with disabilities, and the shortfalls in our system are felt most acutely by family caregivers and the direct-care workforce, making this a critical issue for women. And as the COVID-19 crisis is making painfully clear, a healthcare model reliant on the private insurance industry will always be unable to meet the needs of low- and middle-income families.

Jewish New Yorkers have a direct stake in providing for ourselves, our aging or disabled family, friends and loved ones.

Our advocacy for the Caring Majority campaign put care and caregiving on the map as real issues that legislators, candidates, and policy-makers must pay attention to. We won an expansion of $15 million to Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly (EISEP) in the New York State budget, sent over 1,000 advocacy postcards to Governor Cuomo, and got Universal Home Care added to the New York State Health Act. With this long-term care amendment, the New York Health Act has now become the most progressive, comprehensive, and feminist single-payer bill anywhere in the country.