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Cuomo: Federal plan to rescind health care grant money 'really obnoxious'

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 24, 2020 08:05 PM
Created: February 24, 2020 05:12 PM

The war of words between Governor Cuomo and President Trump continued Monday at the state Capitol.

The latest battlefield is health care. On Monday, the governor addressed a federal plan to rescind $8 billion in grant money that had been earmarked for re-designing New York's Medicaid delivery program.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo labeled the health care denial grant as "really obnoxious" and he vowed he's not going to take it sitting down.

The Medicaid redesign team was created because health care was seen as a key contributor to the state's projected $6 billion budget gap. The Cuomo administration cited the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour and higher costs in home care for the elderly among the drivers of higher Medicaid costs.

A revamped Medicaid system was being developed to remove patients from high-priced hospitals and allow them to be treated in lower-costing community networks.

The governor sees this move as another hostage taking, extortion move by the federal government, kind of revenge for not turning over DMV data bank material to federal immigration agents.

Hear the governor talk more about his frustrations, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.


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