New York Submits $10 Billion Waiver Request to CMS
HANYS participated in a press conference on Monday at which the Cuomo Administration unveiled New York’s Medicaid 1115 waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would reinvest in New York’s health care infrastructure, facilitate innovation, and help implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The waiver requests that the federal government allow the state, over a five-year period, to reinvest $10 billion of the $17.1 billion in federal Medicaid savings generated by Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) activities. The goal is to achieve the CMS “Triple Aim” of improving patient care, improving population health, and reducing per capita health care costs.
HANYS strongly supports New York State securing a Medicaid waiver amendment to provide the resources needed to help implement health care reform and will continue to work closely with the state throughout this process.
HANYS thanks Representatives Peter King (R-Seaford) and Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) for their leadership and all of the members of the New York State Congressional Delegation who signed on to their letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, expressing support for the Medicaid waiver.
HANYS, the allied associations, and many providers have worked closely with the state during development of the waiver request and HANYS will consult with its members to obtain further input as the federal review, approval, and terms and conditions negotiations proceed.
Throughout this process HANYS has emphasized the need for waiver resources to reflect needs across the state and provide assistance to providers across the entire continuum and at all levels of health care reform readiness.
HANYS continues to work with the Cuomo Administration and federal regulators to modify the regulatory system to bring regulatory requirements into a contemporary framework needed to implement the health care reform structures in the waiver. Successful regulatory reform is paramount to the success of health care reform and the waiver, and HANYS is pursuing its regulatory reform agenda on many fronts.