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New York State Formally Accepts CMS Extension of F-SHRP Medicaid Waiver

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The Department of Health (DOH) formally accepted a three-year extension of the Federal-State Health Reform Partnership (F-SHRP) Medicaid waiver granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  CMS approved the extension at the end of March, giving the state 30 days to agree to the terms and conditions.

The extension will allow health care-related projects funded through F-SHRP and the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL-NY) to move forward.  More than 300 projects, many launched by hospitals to improve the delivery and access of health care services within their communities, were at risk of funding rescission without an extension of the federal waiver beyond its original September 30, 2011 expiration.

HANYS appreciates the work of the New York State Congressional Delegation, which worked with Governor Andrew Cuomo to urge the Obama Administration to approve the extension.  In January, every member of the Delegation, both returning members and the six new Republican members, signed a letter drafted by HANYS, urging the Obama Administration to extend the waiver. 

Leading the letter effort were Senators Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D), along with Representatives Peter King (R-Seaford) and Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo).  Repeated calls into the Administration by New York’s senators and Representative Bill Owens (D-Plattsburg) were extremely influential in securing the extension.

It is important to note that while the state now formally has three additional years during which it can extend F-SHRP funding, award recipients may have to apply for extensions of their individual contracts with the state if their project cannot be completed within its current timeframe. Contact: Susan Van Meter

 

Published May 6, 2011