Assemblymember Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and New York’s longest-serving lawmaker, announced on Monday that he will be retiring at the end of 2022. He will not seek re-election. This means that the upcoming budget season, which is slated to kick off with the State of the State address on January 5, 2022, is going to be his last budget season. Providers are familiar with Assemblymember Gottfried, as he has been a champion and promoter of home care and fiscal intermediary services for decades. While it remains to be seen, Gottfried may seek to make a final push for his longtime causes, such as a single-payor healthcare system for New York, and an increase in the base wage for home care workers. With every seat in the New York Legislature up for re-election, the 2022 budget season promises to be an exciting one.

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