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A couple of months ago, I was sitting n a press conference where Chandler Ralph was talking about big changes at the Uihlein nursing home in Lake Placid. Ralph is CEO of Adirondack health, which operates nursing homes, hospitals and clinics in the...
I’ve been hearing about this problem for years, and it seems like a last gasp of the ugly old version of dependency-welfare that we mostly reformed a decade ago. Because of the way Medicaid works, families have a huge economic incentive to...
News stories tagged with "medicaid"
Jan 07, 2004 — The cost of the state's Medicaid program has grown by $17 billion since 1995, when Governor Pataki took office. The spending has risen so rapidly that the state's counties say just paying their share has led to a fiscal crisis. But Pataki, along with members of the state legislature, has found increasing spending on Medicaid difficult to resist. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 06, 2004 — The 2004 legislative session begins officially tomorrow with Governor Pataki's State of the State message. A number of issues will be a priority for Pataki and legislators, including a court-ordered reform of school aid and a looming budget deficit. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 05, 2004 — New York's number one in the country spending on Medicaid is likely to be a subject of debate in the upcoming legislative session, which begins this week. Albany reporter Karen DeWitt takes a look at why Medicaid spending grew so large. Go to full article
Dec 24, 2003 — This fall, county governments across the North Country faced what many called 'a perfect storm' of financial distress. Increased pension and health care costs and skyrocketing payments into New York's Medicaid system were sucking money out of county coffers. But budget cuts and property tax hikes weren't as bad as expected. As David Sommerstein reports, the real problem may be next year. Go to full article
Dec 23, 2003 — A state Senate task force wants to cut $2.5 billion from the state's Medicaid program, and help counties pay for the costs of providing health insurance to New York's working poor. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
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Dec 23, 2003 — While the state Senate was laying out a proposal to ease Medicaid problems long-term, their Republican colleagues in the state Assembly were announcing short-term fixes. North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward yesterday proposed a $200 million emergency relief package for Upstate counties. Individual counties would be reimbursed for some of their Medicaid costs, from $78,000 in Hamilton County to $2.5 million in Saratoga County. Sayward says the money would help local governments. Go to full article
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Oct 09, 2003 — Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine is hailing a decision by the state Assembly to relieve counties across New York of millions of dollars in previously owned Medicaid debt. Aubertine says the Medicaid relief means a savings of $1.2 million for Jefferson County, and $1.4 million for St. Lawrence County. Go to full article
Aug 13, 2003 — A panel of health care experts who gathered at the Capitol to discuss Medicaid reform agreed that costs of the program are out of control, but did not agree on any ways to cut those expenses. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Apr 03, 2003 — Faced with a massive budget deficit, Governor George Pataki wants to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state Medicaid program. Nursing homes in the north country say the plan will mean fewer services for elderly residents. Some homes are threatening to close. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say nursing homes should operate more efficiently. Go to full article