Category Archives: News

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Proposed Medicaid cuts hang in N.Y. budget balance

On April 15, 2024, CDChoices Business Development Specialist, Jocelyn Arndt, was interviewed by Spectrum News regarding the proposed cuts to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). She said the state Health Department will face steep administrative challenges if New York transitions to a single provider like California has done. “We pride ourselves in being […]

Families concerned by proposed changes to in-home caregiver program in New York

On March 29, 2024, CDChoices designated representative, Linda Siatkowski and her daughter spoke to Spectrum News about Gov. Kathy Hochul and her proposed changes to the increasingly popular Medicaid-funded Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. These changes could include eliminating what is called a designated representative for individuals who utilize a personal assistant, or caregiver, to […]

New York families worried about Medicaid cuts

On March 29, 2024, Jocelyn Arndt, CDChoices Business Development Specialist, was featured on FingerLakes1.com, Inc. to discuss Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed alterations to New York’s Medicaid-funded Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), and how these changes are stirring concerns among families reliant on in-home caregivers. The proposed changes suggest removing the role of designated representatives, […]

“Hear my daughter’s voice through me”: Disability advocates plea state avoid program cuts

CDChoices consumer Amanda Siatkowski and her mother, Linda Siatkowski were featured on CBS6 News on March 25, 2024, to speak about the state proposing cutting designated representatives from the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program and how it would affect their family. Linda says, “Without this program, I feel my daughter would go backward in life.” […]

CDChoices Senior VP of Operations Hongwei Zhang named 40 under 40 Class of 2024 winner

For over two decades, the Albany Business Review has recognized movers and shakers—entrepreneurs, innovators, job creators, and dealmakers—who are defining the future of the Capital Region. Among the elite 40 under 40 Class of 2024, we proudly congratulate Hongwei Zhang, our very own CDChoices Senior Vice President of Operations. Chosen from a pool of 250 […]

CDChoices Senior VP of Operations Hongwei Zhang named Capital Region Chamber Women of Excellence in Business Innovation

CDChoices is thrilled to announce our Senior VP of Operations, Hongwei Zhang, has been honored with the Capital Region Chamber Women of Excellence in Business Innovation Award! Hongwei is a brilliant, talented, and respected leader at CDChoices, and she’s also the powerhouse behind our innovative Workforce Recruitment Portal, a resource built to help seniors and […]