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Governor Outlines Agenda; HANYS and Members to Serve on Medicaid Redesign Team

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In his first State of the State Address, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his agenda for the coming year. Facing a projected $9 billion to $10 billion deficit this year and tens of billions of dollars in deficits in upcoming years, the Governor discussed transforming New York’s economy, state and local government, and the budget process, and enacting an emergency fiscal plan that includes a state spending cap that would limit spending growth to the rate of inflation.  T

The Governor outlined plans to redesign and restructure the Medicaid program to achieve long-term efficiencies and focus on services that improve health outcomes. He emphasized the need to improve care coordination for high-cost populations that account for the majority of spending.   

The Governor created a Medicaid Redesign Team charged with “reducing costs through program redesign rather than traditional rate or formula reimbursement changes.” New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson will serve as the Team’s executive director and the state Budget Director will serve as a non-voting member.

The Governor provided the following list of Team members:

  • Stephen J. Acquario, Executive Director, New York State Association of Counties
  • Karen A. Ballard, President, New York State Nurses Association
  • Stephen Berger, former Chairman, Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century
  • Frank Branchini, President and Chief Operating Officer, EmblemHealth
  • Max Chmura, Acting Commissioner, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Michael J. Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
  • Senator Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan), former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health
  • Eli Feldman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Jewish Health System, and Chairman of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition
  • Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor of New York City for Health and Human Services
  • Assemblyman Joe Giglio (R-Olean); currently sits on the Medicaid Waste, Fraud and Abuse Task Force
  • Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, nominated Commissioner of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried (D-Manhattan), Chairman, Assembly Committee on Health
  • George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
  • Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Westbury), former Chairman of the Senate Committees on Health and Housing
  • Michael Hogan, Ph.D., Commissioner, Office of Mental Health
  • James Introne, Deputy Secretary for Health and Director of Healthcare Redesign
  • Lara Kassel, Coordinator, Medicaid Matters New York
  • Edward R. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City
  • Ann F. Monroe, President, Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York
  • Carol Raphael, President and Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse Service of New York
  • Kenneth E. Raske, President, Greater New York Hospital Association
  • Dennis Rivera, Senior Advisor to the International President, SEIU
  • Jeffrey A. Sachs, Ph.D., Co-Chair, JFK Jr. Institute for Work Education at City University of New York
  • Daniel Sisto, President, HANYS
  • Nirav Shah, M.D., M.P.H., nominated Commissioner of Health
  • William Streck, M.D., Chair, New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council
  • Elizabeth Swain, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Care Association of New York State

More details on the Governor’s restructuring proposals will be provided in his first Executive Budget proposal, which will be released by February 1. HANYS’ Task Force on Improving New York State’s Medicaid Program issued detailed recommendations for restructuring Medicaid and addressing high-cost populations.

We all understand New York is facing a very difficult financial challenge and we are encouraged by the Governor’s willingness to work with HANYS and other Medicaid stakeholders,” said HANYS President Daniel Sisto in a press statement. “We agree that a fundamental restructuring of the program is overdue and that better coordination of care for individuals with complex needs can produce both savings and better care.” Contact: Nicholas Henley


Published January 7, 2011