Albany's Medicaid gut check

Townsend, Alair
February 2004
Crain's New York Business;2/9/2004, Vol. 20 Issue 6, p9
In these days, many taxpayers in New York are incensed by the recent 18.5% hike in property taxes. Last year in 2003, 28 counties across the state raised their property taxes by more than 10%. Many counties' Medicaid costs exceed their property tax receipts. Governor George Pataki has budget proposals that he says will save counties $220 million in the upcoming fiscal year and $545 million the year after. County executives are promising to campaign against state legislators who don't work to lighten the burden on their taxpayers back home. Senate Republicans formed their own task force and recommended changes that would save counties nearly $2 billion over five years. The Greater New York Hospital Association and the hospital workers' union 1199 SEIU, the combo that glommed much of the money from the conversion of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield to give hospital workers more pay.


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