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Gottfried and Silver Approve Medicaid Redesign Team Recs
February 25th, 2011

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried was one of four members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s redesign team who abstained on voting to put forward recommendations to the governor yesterday. He complained that the process was rushed and didn’t take time to add recommendations or adjustments. He expected a vote to take place this coming Tuesday.

But just minutes ago Assembly Speaker Sheldon’s Silver office issued a joint statement with Gottfried approving of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s final report.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver:

I commend the members of the Medicaid Redesign Team for their work to find substantial savings in Medicaid while preserving quality care for New Yorkers. We look forward to reviewing the MRTs final report and reiterate the Assemblys commitment to delivering an on-time budget that reflects the overwhelming consensus that emerged from the MRT process.

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried:

Despite the concern I voiced yesterday about the speed with which the MRT voted, I believe, on the whole, that the final report contains needed reforms that will place our Medicaid system on a path to long term financial sustainability while safeguarding quality healthcare for New Yorkers in need, the elderly and the disabled.

By on February 25, 2011, 4:13 pm
In category: Albany,Eye on Albany,Health | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Gottfried and Silver Approve Medicaid Redesign Team Recs”

  1. Susan Dooha Says:
    February 25th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    There appears to be a remarkable unanimity about these proposals among policy makers. Less so in the community–where we’re worried about slashing and burning services for the elderly and disabled and imposing higher out of pocket costs on the poorest in the State.

    In less than a day, without review or debate, a handful of powerful provider groups voted to reduce or eliminate protections and supports for people with disabilities and the elderly. Proposals were voted on that had never seen the light of day. They are often vague and undefined. In a process that is supposed to curtail costs-proposals were included that will increase costs. Proposals put forth by the community were not included. Those proposals we put forth that were included were attributed to othersas if our voice did not count.

    Based upon a cursory analysis, it appears that some proposals can have a positive impact on the health of people with disabilitiescare coordination can be helpful for many, automatic renewal for people with disabilities on fixed incomes would be helpful, addressing housing needs of those seeking to leave institutions is vital, we have advocated strongly for a proposal to address health disparities in access and outcomes based upon disabilities.

    Others will reduce choice, affect public health, eliminate protections, and curtail accessno indication is given that these proposals may actually cause costs to riseimposition of copayments and onerous limits on community-based care and rehabilitation are notable.

    It is impossible to understand why proposals from the disability community that would draw down additional federal dollars were excluded given the costly and speculative nature of many proposals that were approved by the MRT.

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