A mandated state takeover of local Medicaid costs, added to the House GOP health bill by U.S. Reps. Chris Collins and John Faso, promises relief for property taxpayers across New York. However, some counties stand to save more than others.
The House Republicans’ American Health Care Act would jeopardize coverage for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and cost the state government billions of dollars. On the whole, however, it’s far less disruptive than previous GOP alternatives to Obamacare.
The Medicaid “block grant” being proposed by House Republicans would be far less costly to state governments than previously projected under a draft Obamacare replacement bill that became public on Friday.
HCRA, the ACA and NY's Coming Healthcare Storm
Governor Cuomo’s warnings about how repealing the Affordable Care Act would affect New York should be read with caution.
Bill Hammond, a writer specializing in Medicaid issues for the Empire Center’s NY Torch blog, said when he reviewed the budget, it confirmed his suspicion that the administration intentionally underestimated the cost to make it more palatable to taxpayers.
Moving to a $15 minimum wage will cost New York’s Medicaid system more than double what was previously forecast, state budget officials revealed this week
Per-recipient spending by New York's Medicaid program has long far exceeded the national norm, a telling symptom of inefficiency in the state's health plan for the poor. But the gap appears to have narrowed significantly during Governor Andrew Cuomo's term, with New York's spending rate falling at about twice the national average between 2010 and 2014.