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Historic Progress made in Reforming Medicaid in New York State

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Albany, NY (March 3, 2011)

New York spends more on Medicaid per capita than any other state in the nation, but we rank only 21st in program quality for patients. In most counties, Medicaid costs alone account for more than half of the entire county tax levy.

 

To reform the system, Governor Cuomo created a Medicaid Redesign Team. The Team -- comprised of health care professionals, stakeholders, and legislators -- was charged with reducing costs and improving patient care. The Team held open meetings throughout the state and reviewed more than 4,000 ideas from team members, outside health care professionals, and citizens.

 

Last week, the Team accomplished their goal, submitting an unprecedented consensus plan that meets the Governor’s budget target and saves over $2.3 billion. What’s more, under the plan, one million New Yorkers will now have access to an innovative "patient-centered" medical program, making New York the national leader in providing this type of personal care. Today, the legislation to enact the plan was submitted to the Legislature to be included as part of the Executive Budget.

 

If you would like more information on this historic plan, click here to read about the Medicaid report. Thank you.