Cuomo’s odd meltdown silence by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Amid growing fears that a coronavirus pandemic will severely disrupt the global economy, and with the stock market heading for its biggest weekly losses since the 2008 financial crisis, Governor Cuomo has been oddly quiet about the obvious budget implications. [Read_more]

Counties’ Medicaid role dwindles by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

New enrollment numbers from the state-run health insurance exchange confirm a trend relevant to budget talks in Albany: The role of local governments in signing people up for Medicaid is smaller than ever. [Read_more]

NYSUT’s “millionaires” by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

You’ve got to hand it to New York State United Teachers: the union maintains a remarkably straight face while arguing that the nation’s highest-spending schools and best-paid teachers are starved for funding. [Read_more]

A Medicaid benefit doubles in 4 years by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Data released at the first meeting of the governor's Medicaid Redesign Team on Tuesday provided an updated picture of the program's long-term care costs, and the results were eye-opening. [Read_more]

A reality check on aging and Medicaid by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

In the face of New York's rapidly rising Medicaid spending, both the Cuomo administration and some of its critics have pointed to demographics as a driving factor. The state's population is aging, they have said, so long-term care costs should be expected to increase.

There are two main reasons to doubt this narrative. [Read_more]

A Medicaid boost for unions? by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Amid Albany’s Medicaid over-spending crisis, the state Health Department is reconfiguring a little-known portion of the deficit-ridden program in what looks like a scheme to squeeze union dues from roughly 110,000 Medicaid-subsidized in-home caregivers. [Read_more]

Fact-checking Mujica’s op-ed by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

A fact-check of the op-ed by state Budget Director Robert Mujica, defending the governor's Medicaid proposals, shows it to include exaggerated and misleading arguments. [Read_more]

Unanswered Medicaid questions by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Wednesday's hearing on the governor's Medicaid budget gives lawmakers a chance to learn more from top officials about how the program developed its $4 billion deficit. Here are some suggested questions. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s ‘plan B’ for Medicaid by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

An unusual clause in Governor Cuomo's Medicaid budget would trigger $2.5 billion in across-the-board cuts if the Legislature doesn't otherwise agree to a package of savings. [Read_more]

Budget seeks more union sign-ups by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to further tilt New York’s public-sector collective bargaining landscape in favor of public employee unions—this time to pressure new employees to join. [Read_more]
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