Managing Expectations

Written by City & State on . Posted in Health Care, Latest, News

BY ALLISON HIBBS Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team has reduced government spending, slowed rising healthcare costs and freed up funds to help struggling hospitals. But one reform—the shift to managed care programs—is still “making lots of people nervous,” said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the longtime chair of the Assembly Health Committee and a member of Cuomo’s Redesign Team. More than four million Medicaid consumers have been moved to care management programs over the last two years as a result of… [More]

City & State TV: Eric Adams Discusses LICH, Aqueduct Casino Bid and Shirley Huntley

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Health Care, Video

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams discussed the agreement announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, SUNY Chairman Carl McCall and Mayor Bill de Blasio to open a bidding process that will encourage full-service healthcare at Long Island College Hospital, which is located only a few blocks away from Adams’ office at Borough Hall. Adams praised the deal that could keep the hospital running, characterizing the fight to keep LICH open as “an awesome battle,” but said that the conversation needs to move toward… [More]

THE $10 BILLION QUESTION

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Health Care, Spotlight

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget address included an impassioned plea to Washington: Approve New York State’s Medicaid waiver, which has been sitting in D.C. for nearly 18 months, or risk the closure of at least three Brooklyn hospitals—and possibly more statewide. “We have been propping up the system, frankly, for about 18 months while we have been waiting for the waiver, but we need HHS to act on the waiver now,” Cuomo said during the Jan. 21 address. “It is… [More]

Joint Venture

Written by City & State on . Posted in Health Care, Spotlight

By Allison Hibbs    When Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out in support of medical marijuana earlier this month, he announced a plan to use existing state legislation to make the drug available to a small number of severely ill patients. The shift sparked statewide interest and enthusiasm from advocates and lawmakers who are hoping that the move signifies a willingness to consider more robust legislative change—but the governor has made it clear that he wants to start small and move… [More]

THE ROUNDTABLE: Healthcare

Written by City & State on . Posted in Health Care, Spotlight

KEMP HANNON, New York State Senate Health Committee Chair: Q: You have been scrutinizing the state’s new healthcare exchange, which was set up as part of the federal healthcare reform. Do there need to be any changes, or is it working well?  KH: We had an oversight hearing with the state Senate Insurance Committee, and the idea was not to be critical, not to poke holes or anything like that. In fact, we waited until after the whole Obamacare act… [More]

SCORECARD: Healthcare

Written by City & State on . Posted in Health Care, Spotlight

LegislativePreview-HealthCare KEY PLAYERS    THE STATE  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top health officials are Nirav Shah, the state health commissioner, and Courtney Burke, the governor’s deputy secretary for health. Burke, who previously headed the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, was named to the post this past summer, replacing James Introne. Jason Helgerson, the state’s Medicaid director, has spearheaded the governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team, and the governor has often touted the budget savings that have resulted from the group’s recommendations. In the… [More]

2014 Legislative Preview: HEALTHCARE

Written by City & State on . Posted in Health Care

health-care  By Allison Hibbs    The dawning year is already seeing some significant changes in the way that New York State organizes and ensures healthcare. Exchanges have become operational, medical marijuana is on the immediate horizon, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expressed plans to regionalize healthcare planning and is exploring options to outsource the state organ donor registry. “The Affordable Care Act has been getting implemented in New York as well as or better than anywhere else,” said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried,… [More]

State Needs $10 Billion Medicaid Waiver Now To Save Hospitals, Says Schwartz

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Features, Health Care, Heard Around Town, News

The Cuomo administration is predicting more trouble for struggling hospitals if the federal government does not grant New York’s request for a $10 billion Medicaid waiver, which state officials submitted 18 months ago. Funding in the governor’s new 2014-2015 state budget for healthcare and hospitals, including three in Brooklyn on the verge of closure, is allocated on the assumption that the federal government will approve the waiver, which would allow some of the projected savings identified by the governor’s Medicaid… [More]

New York City Agency Voiced Past Concerns about Paid Sick Leave

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Health Care, Latest, News

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced a proposal for expansion of the paid sick leave bill on Friday. Both expect the bill to breeze through committee hearings and be passed into law before April 1. The proposed bill would require five paid sick days per year for businesses with five or more employees. Similar to the watered-down version of the paid sick leave legislation that passed the Council in March of 2013, this bill… [More]