How GOP health plan would affect NY by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

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.

A softer Medicaid ‘block grant’ by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

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.

Minimum wage cost hits Medicaid by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

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

Bending NY’s Medicaid curve by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

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.

E.R. usage rates defy expectations by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Here’s a puzzling statistic: Recipients enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans use emergency rooms more often, not less, than those in the old-style “fee for service” program.
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