Medicaid consumer advocates advance budget positions

Mar 6, 2019 | News

MMNY presents a clear, concise message on the Governor’s budget in advance of the Assembly and Senate one-house budget actions.  Download a PDF here.

The state budget must not be balanced on the backs of low-income New Yorkers!

Through the 30-day budget amendments, the Governor is slashing health care spending.  These are public dollars intended to serve low-income people who rely on Medicaid for their health, independence, and well-being.

Medicaid Matters, the statewide coalition representing the interests of New Yorkers who are served by Medicaid, urges the Legislature to reject the across-the-board Medicaid cuts in the Governor’s amended budget. 

In addition, the Legislature must take the following actions in this year’s state budget to protect Medicaid consumers, as well as the safety-net providers on which they rely:


  • Drastic changes to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program, which would decimate the program and lead to institutionalization
  • Amendment to the regulations governing reductions in personal care hours
  • Reduction of Medicaid benefits for low-income people on Medicare who rely on Medicaid or Qualified Medicare Beneficiary benefits to make Medicaid affordable
  • The elimination of “prescriber prevails”
  • The elimination of spousal and parent refusal, which may force families to choose between keeping a loved one at home and being able to afford basic necessities
  • Increase of non-prescription drug co-pays from 50 cents to one dollar


  • Funding to expand Essential Plan eligibility to undocumented adults
  • Statutory language proposed by NYC Health + Hospitals and supported by consumer and community advocates to fix the way hospitals are compensated for serving low-income people who are uninsured or on Medicaid, replacing the 30-day amendment proposal on indigent care pool funding
  • Additional funding for the Community Health Advocates program


  • The initiative to provide Medicaid coverage to inmates prior to reentry