Bill Samuels, founder of the liberal policy group EffectiveNY, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to champion a property tax relief proposal floated by Mario Cuomo, the executive’s late father.
State Senator Mike Nozzolio is calling on Congress to block President Obama's immigration order, which he says could cost the state $2 billion a year, a much higher figure than what most experts predict.
Republicans in the state Senate are claiming that the new federal immigration order could end up costing New York as much as $2 billion in Medicaid costs.
With the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama has just put added pressure on the second-biggest category of New York’s state operating funds budget—Medicaid.
Obama’s recent executive order on immigration could drive up New York’s Medicaid costs by $1.1 billion to $2 billion, state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos warned in a letter yesterday to the state’s U.S. senators.
On John Gambling's radio show this morning, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos reiterated his warning that President Obama's executive order on immigration could cost the state as much as $2 billion.
“Our estimates are conservative,” Skelos said.
But Skelos' numbers, which he has used to warn of potential cuts to other programs, appear to present a worst-case scenario for the state budget from the president's order, which could add thousands of previously undocumented immigrants to the state's Medicaid rolls.
President Obama’s immigration overhaul could be expensive for New York — putting the state on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in added health-care costs.
New York is cited as “something of a case study in all that is wrong with Medicaid,” but also as a state “in the vaguard” of Medicaid reform, in a new National Affairs article by Paul Howard, director of Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress.
Today’s Albany Times Union gives front-page play to a story that has picked up surprisingly little sustained media attention since it was first reported two years ago: since 1990, New York State has ripped off the federal government for billions of dollars in overcharges of Medicaid reimbursements for the developmentally disabled — and the feds want their bucks back.