Health bill harms NY
Senate healthcare bill, as presently promulgated, would burden New
York taxpayers with in excess of $1 billion in extra Medicaid
costs while denying critical aid to city hospitals that serve
many states, the feds would pick up almost all the initial costs
providing Medicaid coverage to everyone up to 133 percent of the
poverty level. But New York would be ineligible for this
assistance because we already cover most people up to 150
more than the basic requirement of providing healthcare for the
Consequently, we will lose out.
The New York House delegation,
headed by Rep. Charlie Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means
Committee, must collectively demand equitable financing of the
Medicaid expansion, which is due to take effect in 2015. To his
credit, Rangel seems game, and is optimistic New York is going to
come out better than we are now. He also rightly categorized the
provisions as "totally unfair."
The daunting reality is that New
Yorkers would be immensely burdened by the Senate's version of
the national health plan.Gov. David Paterson estimates the new $1
billion a year cost because of an additional million New Yorkers
joining the Medicaid rolls, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg has warned
that cuts on the table could force closure of clinics.
House version of the health plan offers relief to all states and
would save New York $4 billion a year. A clear priority should
protecting aid to city hospitals that serve the millions of
Congress must make sure that emergency care costs are covered.
New York needs, and deserves, more from the final health reform
health care reform bill must treat New York State better