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Cuomo says no to state takeover of Medicaid

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On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo rebuffed a push by counties and some state lawmakers to have the state choose the local cost of Medicaid. The health insurance program for the poor costs New York about $53-billion dollars a year. Counties pay roughly 15-percent of that. Cuomo says each level of government needs to pay its share.

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"Look, I understand that the local governments are saying that they’re budgets are tight, and that money is tight. I know it on the state level. We don’t have any revenue sources that are different than revenue sources that are coming into local government. And by the way, the taxpayer feels it too!"

On average, Medicaid accounts for 45 percent of a county's property tax levy in New York.  In some counties, tax revenue goes almost entirely to fund Medicaid.

Counties argue that those costs, paired with the state’s new 2-percent property tax cap, are crippling their finances.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would lead to a state takeover of Medicaid costs over eight years.

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