New York has the nation’s largest Medicaid program, serving over 5 million enrollees at a cost of $54 billion annually. But a small percentage of Medicaid patients, with chronic medical and behavioral health diseases account for a disproportionate share of the program’s total spending.

While New York is taking steps to reduce costs, improve outcomes and provide coordinated care for all Medicaid recipients, system reform is not all that is neeeded. Taking Ownership: The Patient’s role in Medicaid, a report from the Empire Center, profiles some reforms largely overlooked in the state’s redesign. Healthcare experts from around the state  participated in a panel discussion on December 5, 2012, hosted by the Empire Center, at the Albany Institute of History & Art.

Welcome & Opening Comments:
Paul Howard
Senior Fellow 
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Russell Sykes
Senior Fellow
Empire Center 
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David Hansell
Global Leader of the Human & Social Services Center for Excellence
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Robert Doar
New York City Human Resources Adminstration

James Lytle
Partner, Government and Healthcare Practice
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Tim Hoefer

Tim Hoefer is president & CEO of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

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