Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
City Waits For Health Bill Details
Friday, March 19, 2010
New York, NY —
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on health-care legislation this weekend, and here in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he needs to see what lawmakers pass before he can say how it will impact the city and its own health-care expenses.
"We have a billion-dollar deficit for Health and Hospitals Corporation, we've got to plug that. We've spent an enormous amount of money on Medicaid, that keeps us from doing other things," Bloomberg says.
Speaking today on his weekly WOR radio show, the mayor credited Sen. Charles Schumer for getting an increased Medicaid reimbursement in the reconciliation bill. Schumer says it would save New York billions of dollars over the next decade.
Currently, the state gets 50 percent back, but under the agreement announced Thursday the reimbursement will rise to 75 percent in 2014, and 93 percent five years later.