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New York State to cut $1 Billion from Healthcare …….

The state’s lawmakers have agreed in principle with outgoing Governor Paterson’s efforts to trim the huge whole in the states budget with the cuts….

There will be a $775 Million cut along with $300 Million effort to further recover money thru Medicaid crack downs on fraud, waste and abuse…..

The cuts will take away money from federal funds because a large amount of Healthcare funds are eligible for matching federal funds……

Gov. Paterson included $750 million in cuts to Medicaid and other health care programs in the emergency spending bill approved by the Legislature to keep government running.

Note…..Some of these cuts will not go into effect until January…… when Paterson will be come a private citizen…..

And in almost all likelihood Andrew Cuomo will be the Governor….

The cuts will affect hospitalsnursing homes and a lengthy list of other health-related programs, and marked the first significant step in weeks toward an agreement on the state’s annual budget, now more than two months overdue. The legislation also requires the state to save an additional $300 million a year by cracking down on Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse.

In the Senate, the emergency budget bill including the health care cuts passed along party lines, with all 32 Democrats voting for it and all Republicans present voting against. In the Assembly, according to the unofficial tally, the package passed with the support of most Democrats, while some joined Republicans in voting against it.

Because cutting the state’s health care spending means forgoing some federal matching subsidies, the cuts are likely to have an even deeper impact than the stated total.

Mr. Paterson and the Legislature have been unable to agree on a broader deal to close a budget deficit of over $9 billion, largely because many Democratic lawmakers are unwilling to make cuts as steep as those that the governor is demanding.

Mr. Paterson appeared to have won a partial agreement by inserting a significant portion of his health care cuts into the latest in a series of short-term emergency spending bills, which are difficult to amend.

The cuts approved on Monday night, however, were not as expansive as the reductions of $1 billion in health care spending Mr. Paterson had originally sought. Some cuts, like those to tobacco cessation programs, were reduced; others, like cuts to programs for the elderly and for prescription drug coverage, were eliminated entirely.

Supporters of the measure in the Senate, where the vote was expected to be closer than in the Assembly, were still busy on Monday night recruiting enough backers to assure passage.

Mr. Paterson also did not seek the adoption of proposals that would raise money to offset health care cuts, like higher taxes on cigarettes and a new excise tax on sugared beverages.

Though roundly denounced by hospitals and health care workers, who staged demonstrations inside the Capitol on Monday, the vote was not necessarily a difficult one for lawmakers: the total dollar figure was one that the State Senate and Assembly had already agreed to in principle during continuing negotiations over the state budget. The package was further adjusted during negotiations with the Senate and Assembly over the weekend, after Mr. Paterson announced on Friday his intention to include long-term health care cuts in the emergency bill.



June 8, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , ,


  1. Passing it on..

    Hey jb,
    did you ever watch the HBO “Wire” show?
    Third season – all about city hall and politics in Baltimore. A fresh new mayor Carcetti promises a new Day, and gets bowl after bowl of shit on his plate…

    Comment by talkandpolitics | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. I watched the first few years……Loved it….

    Most of the actors did all right…

    The first show to actual show the BS politics in an urban area…..

    Loved the police politics also…..

    Stringer Bell……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Nice!
      Think it’s a great education in the “neutral” dynamics of power and politics. Stringer.. bad**s from the street, and then made a fool by chubby white developers over and over.. the show is unique in its realism.

      i’m eating through the power broker.. some of the best i’ve read – just 100 pages so far. Have to take it real slow.. Moses reforming the civil service of NYS – and the philosophy of Mrs. Molskowitz.. “Retrenchment” committee to split the republican side. And Caro is brilliant.

      Comment by talkandpolitics | June 9, 2010 | Reply

      • told ya so!

        glad you like it……

        Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010

  3. Paterson is trying to salvage whatever legacy he has left in his 2 1/2 years in the Executive Mansion in Albany cause Jan. 1, 2011 he’s in the retirement home.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. How are ya CD?

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 8, 2010 | Reply

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