2020 Policy and Budget Priorities

Jan 9, 2020 | Policy & Budget Agenda

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Medicaid Matters released this statement regarding the Governor’s Executive budget.

The Medicaid Matters Steering Committee put out this statement in response to the seating of a Medicaid Redesign Team.

The Medicaid Matters Coordinator, Lara Kassel, submitted testimony on January 29th at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on the Executive Budget on Health/Medicaid.

A flier was generated to provide “an alternate perspective” to the Legislature on Medicaid Matters coalition perspective on the Governor’s approach to Medicaid.

The Medicaid Matters Coordinator, Lara Kassel was interviewed on Capitol Pressroom on March 3, 2020.  Lara discussed Medicaid spending as Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team works to find savings in the health care program’s spending.

The Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT II) established by Governor Cuomo in February 2020 opened an online portal for accepting Medicaid redesign proposals from the public.  Members of Medicaid Matters submitted dozens of proposals to the MRT II.  Medicaid Matters compiled the proposals submitted by several Medicaid Matters members, including the Medicaid Matters submission on reconsideration of the Medicaid global cap.

Medicaid Matters joined with other groups to draft a Statement of Principles on Medicaid and the Medicaid Redesign Team.  The statement calls for reconsidering the global cap, rejecting the Governor’s local share proposal, extending the MRT process to be more representative and better equipped to vet proposals, and raise revenue from ultra-wealthy New Yorkers.  Over 150 organizations signed on to the statement.

Despite its own directive to do harm, on March 19th, the Medicaid Redesign Team approved a package of Medicaid cuts that will significantly diminish access to services and supports.  Advocates issued a series of snapshots of people who will be directly impacted by the cuts.

The Protect Medicaid campaign, along with over 130 other organizations, issued a statement on the MRT package.

The final budget included much of what the Medicaid Redesign Team recommended. Advocates responded with a statement.