New York faces a multi-billion-dollar Medicaid gap WXXI

Bill Hammond with the fiscal watchdog group the Empire Center said that’s an irresponsible practice.

“I think everybody would admit it’s a gimmick,” Hammond said. “You don’t have enough money in your checking account to pay your bills and so you just tell the people who are expecting money, ‘You have to hang on for a few days until my checkbook replenishes.’ ”

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But Ken Girardin, a policy analyst for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank, said the governor's action eliminates "any remaining illusion" that the state Public Service Commission — New York's primary utility watchdog — has been acting independently under the Cuomo administration.

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“It is very unusual to tax medicine in this manner; a lot of people using opioids are using them legitimately” said Bill Hammond, director of health policy at The Empire Center, a conservative-leaning think tank in Albany, N.Y. “To go after a specific class of drug like this, I don’t think anything like this has ever been done in New York.”

New York faces a multi-billion-dollar Medicaid gap WXXI

Bill Hammond with the fiscal watchdog group the Empire Center said that’s an irresponsible practice.

“I think everybody would admit it’s a gimmick,” Hammond said. “You don’t have enough money in your checking account to pay your bills and so you just tell the people who are expecting money, ‘You have to hang on for a few days until my checkbook replenishes.’ ”
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