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]

Cuomo puts off the Medicaid pain by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo's response to New York's big Medicaid deficit, as laid out in his budget presentation on Tuesday, was a disappointing mix of delay, deflection and delegation. [Read_more]
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