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State Faces Tough Challenges in 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

NY Lawmakers to Debate High Cost of Medicaid

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

Counties Survive Budget Crunch Until Next Year

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

Senate Advances Medicaid Cost Containment Proposals

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

Ortloff/Sayward Propose Emergency Relief Package for Medicaid

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

Assembly Bill Would Relieve Local Medicaid Costs

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

Medicaid Reform: More Questions than Answers

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

NY Senate Task Force Will Study Medicaid Costs

The New York State Senate has named a joint task force to study ways to curb the soaring costs of Medicaid. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Medicaid Cuts "Threaten" Nursing Homes: Some May Close

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

Pataki to Release His Budget Plans Wednesday

Governor Pataki has said he wants to reform Medicaid in his new budget, to be released Wednesday. Those who have to pay for rapidly growing state health care program are hoping that Pataki will propose cuts as a solution. Those who depend on Medicaid for health care wish that the Governor would preserve services. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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