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Cuomo Will Announce a New Education Panel

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will announce a new state panel to look into ways to improve education, assessing what's needed from a student's perspective. Meanwhile, who will blink first in the deadlock over a new teacher evaluation system? Stay tuned.

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WNYC News

Medicaid PBMs Save Money, Cause Headaches

Monday, December 19, 2011

Three million New Yorkers on Medicaid have recently started getting prescription drugs a new way — and healthcare watchdogs say there are still hiccups.

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WNYC News

State Designates First Official "Health Homes"

Monday, December 12, 2011

State health officials have announced the first round of “Health Homes,” a group of 21 clinics and hospitals in ten areas around the state, that will coordinate care for Medicaid patients with the most complicated health problems.

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The Empire

CBC makes the pitch for local Medicaid funding relief

Monday, December 12, 2011

Back in the summer--oh those many, many days ago--I wrote about a movement that began among suburban and upstate legislators to have the State start picking up the cost of Medicaid. Currently, localities--such as New York City, as well as county organizations--pay about 16 percent of their local cost.

The program was initially meant as a way to make urban areas--i.e. New York City--pay for having high concentrations of folks enrolled in the program. But now upstate and suburban communities are facing what they say are unsustainable costs and want the state to start taking over the full cost of Medicaid--something most states already do.

The Citizens Budget Commission has no weighed in on the issue, coming out in favor of a state takeover of the system:

Eliminating the local share policy would significantly improve the way New York State finances its Medicaid program. The policy has long placed an inequitable burden on residents living in lower income counties. Serious attempts to end the policy in the past have all fallen short. The recent focus on efficiency in Medicaid and the fiscal pressures on counties due to the property tax growth cap provide an opportunity to fix the policy now.

The full report is after the jump. Expect this to be an item on the agenda when the legislature returns next month.

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The Takeaway

Donald Berwick: The Man Who Wanted to Save Medicare

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

There's no question that our American health care system needs fixing. Dr. Donald Berwick, the man who was in charge of Medicare and Medicaid until last Thursday, was committed to ending waste. "Much is done that does not help patients at all," Dr. Berwick recently told The New York Times, "and many physicians know it." Dr. Berwick's quest to reform Medicare and Medicaid, the result of a temporary appointment made by President Obama last year, came to an end after just 17 months.

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WNYC News

Medicaid Overhaul Group Meets to Approve Measures

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

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The group charged with overhauling the state’s Medicaid program meets Tuesday to approve a long list of measures to reduce costs and improve care.

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WNYC News

For City Hospitals, 'Super Committee' Failure is a Pretty Good Option

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Officials and supporters of the nation’s largest public hospital system are calling on Congress's "Super Committee" not to cut Medicaid — and wouldn’t mind if talks collapse altogether.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: What Ron Paul's Trillion-Dollar Spending Cuts Axe (and What They Don't)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ron Paul wants to slash government spending by $1 trillion, and he doesn't want to waste any time.

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WNYC News

Former Soundview Health Patients Scramble to Find Coverage

Friday, August 12, 2011

The New York State Department of Health is planning to drop Soundview Health Network from its Medicaid program. The move will leave many of the Bronx patients it serves looking for alternatives.

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WNYC News

Espada's Clinic Cut From Medicaid Reimbursement

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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The New York State Department of Health has ended Medicaid participation for the Bronx clinic founded and run by former state Senator Pedro Espada, Jr.

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The Empire

Cuomo launches investigation into non-profit executive pay

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

By Karen DeWitt, WXXI Capitol Bureau Chief

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Cuomo has appointed a task force, which includes his own Inspector General and the Medicaid Inspector General, to look into executive and administrative compensation levels at not for profits that receive taxpayer support from the state.

Cuomo says the probe was prompted by a New York Times story that alleges two owners of not for profit homes for the developmentally disabled, financed largely by Medicaid, each received an annual salary of around a million dollars, and received compensation that included payment of college tuition at private schools for their children.

Cuomo, in a statement, says “there is a whole range of compensation levels and extremes that have existed for too long and must be reviewed”.

“The use of taxpayer dollars must be scrutinized at every level,” the governor continued.

Sue Lerner, with the government reform group Common Cause, says it’s an “absolutely appropriate inquiry”, in a time of record executive pay packages in many organizations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Benefits of Insurance

Monday, July 11, 2011

Medical reporter for the New York Times, Gina Kolata, talks about a new study from Oregon on the effects of Medicaid on patients. 

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The Takeaway

Democrats and Republicans Aim for Budget Deal in 10 Days

Monday, July 11, 2011

President Obama will resume talks today with top House and Senate leaders, in an attempt to reach an agreement over deficit reduction. Obama met with leaders from both parties for an hour and fifteen minutes last night, but little progress was made. The president continues to vie for a bold package that would require new taxes and entitlement cuts, while Republicans insist on a more modest plan and oppose tax increases. They're aiming to reach an agreement by August 2.

 

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama's Repeating GOP Mistakes on Entitlements

Friday, July 08, 2011

To get Republicans to stay at the table and raise the debt ceiling, President Obama has been goaded into expanding the discussion beyond the threat of an American default into a conversation about entitlement programs. So he offered what Republicans had just been shellacked for suggesting: cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Then he upped the ante and did what President Bush was roundly rebuked for attempting in 2005: he added Social Security reform to the mix.

—Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger

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The Takeaway

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Medicaid

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Cuts to entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid are continue to be used as bargaining chips as the debate over the budget rages on in Washington. Already some states have begun cutting back their Medicaid programs. 

But a new study out today in the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that people on Medicaid see doctors more regularly, and are more financially stable and less depressed than the uninsured. These findings could be crucial selling points as lawmakers debate the effectiveness versus cost of the health program.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Physician Access

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Obama administration cancelled its "mystery shopper" plans in which it would send researches into the market to test access to primary health care for Medicare and Medicaid patients. We'll take calls from patients and doctors for our own unofficial survey. Are you on Medicare and Medicaid? Have you recently looked for a primary physician? Tell us your story!

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WNYC News

Christie, Legislature Spar Over Medicaid as Budget Deadline Looms

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and state legislators have about 48 hours to reach a budget deal before the next fiscal year starts.

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It's A Free Country ®

What the Property Tax Cap Means for Mandates

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's not over with yet, it's a very fluid situation. But clearly, to effectively implement a tax cap without destroying community college participation, or long term home health care programs, nursing homes, tourism, water, sewer, economic development projects, road patrol, infrastructure—they need to get this mandate relief.

Stephen Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Study: Medicaid Families Have Reduced Access to Specialty Care

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Millions of children in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid and should receive the same access to health care as families with private insurance. But a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests those families are finding it harder to make appointments with doctors and are waiting longer for care. The study carried out by the University of Pennsylvania is the first of its kind and looked at the experiences of parents making appointments at specialty clinics in Cook County, Ill. With Medicaid facing a reduction in funding the question of access to care is more important than ever.

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WNYC News

Budget Passes With Little Noise from Health Backers

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cuomo brought together dozens of different health groups in a six-week process and demanded they propose steep cuts — or be subject to them across-the-board. Eventually his Medicaid Redesign Team found $2.35 billion in savings, most of which come from freezing or cutting state payments to hospitals and other medical service providers.

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