The battle over who pays for the state’s Medicaid bills continued last week, when a handful of legislators proposed a new plan that would limit the weight of the program at the county level. The move comes on the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to reduce Medicaid costs, which accounted for $53 billion last year alone. Under the current system, counties and states pay about half the total cost of Medicaid, while the federal government picks up the rest.
The Albany Times Union reports that the supporters of the legislation hope to slowly phase out county contributions, which they want to reduce to zero by the year 2019. To read the full article, go here.