Author Archives: Marian Eck

10 Ways to Age More Healthily and Happily at Home

Did you know that June is National Men’s Health Month? That’s right. Thirty days dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health challenges and promoting overall wellness. And while doing things like making prevention a priority, eating heart-healthy, and being physically active are important at all stages of life, the priorities shift as men age. For […]

Meet The 40 Under 40 Class of 2024

On Friday, May 17, 2024, Senior Vice President of Operations, Hongwei Zhang, was recognized as an honoree of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2024. Hongwei was asked several questions about herself and her career, including, “What’s been the most pivotal moment of your career so far?” She answered, “The pivotal moment of my career […]

How To Take Care Of Yourself In High-Stress But Low-Paying Professions

Commencing each year on Mother’s Day, Women’s Health Week is a seven-day event that encourages women everywhere to place their health and well-being at the forefront of their priorities. This is especially important because women often find themselves at the forefront of many high-stress, low-paying professions. From healthcare to education, hospitality to caregiving, women make […]

Women of Excellence: Hongwei Zhang utilizes data to better serve clients

On May 3, 2024, CDChoices Senior Vice President of Operations Hongwei Zhang, was featured in the Times Union to discuss being the Capital Region Chamber Women of Excellence, Excellence in Business Innovation honoree. She says, “When I think of innovation, I don’t think we should just do innovation. When I reflect on the innovations I’ve […]

Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover CDPAP?

As aging populations and individuals with disabilities seek independence and personalized care, programs like New York State’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) have emerged to meet this growing demand for self-directed care. The CDPA program allows recipients to select, train, and manage their caregivers, who assist with daily activities right in the comfort of […]

NYS Budget Would Devastate Program Supporting People with Disabilities and Seniors

On April 16, 2024, CDChoices CEO Chris Graber penned an Opposite Editorial with the Empire Report detailing why a transition away from New York’s current successful network of community-centered Fiscal Intermediaries to just one sole fiscal management provider would be truly devastating to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). During this year’s State budget […]

New York thinks of outsourcing Medicaid’s CDPAP, raising employment worries

On April 16, 2024, CDChoices Business Development Specialist, Jocelyn Arndt, was interviewed by CBS6 News regarding the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) cuts. Governor Hochul says, “When you look at the fact that of all the money spent in our country on this program, 75% of it is in the state of New York. […]


Navigating the Current Changes to CDPAP in New York Our state has a long history of fighting for its most vulnerable citizens—but now we are facing a severe test. Governor Hochul’s proposed Medicaid cuts stand to greatly impact the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which was established to promote choice, autonomy, independence, and empowerment […]

When Does Autism Qualify for In-Home Care?

If you care for someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you may have asked yourself that very question. And while the answer isn’t entirely simple, it’s far from as complicated as you might think. The good news is Consumer Directed Choices is here to help you navigate the process, and empower you and your family […]