Assembly Health Committee taking testimony on Medicaid effectiveness, sustainability

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NY is reviewing the effectiveness of cost savings measures put in place 10 years ago.


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ALBANY, NY (WRGB) — Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried will take testimony Monday morning to examine the Medicaid program’s efficacy and sustainability.

In 2011, the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) was established to reduce costs to the state Medicaid program. The resulting changes shifted almost all the remaining benefits and beneficiaries not already in managed care into managed care plans.

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The Medicaid Global Spending Cap, also created in 2011, controls the overall Medicaid spending in the state budget. The Fiscal Year 2021 Budget reconstituted the MRT forming the MRT II to once again find solutions to contain spending growth.

Since the implementation of the initial MRT actions and budget actions in subsequent years, including the MRT II, advocates have cited numerous ways these changes are affecting the Medicaid program’s ability to provide an adequate safety net.


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