Statement from Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) regarding state’s accidental loss of $141 million in Medicaid funding
April 7, 2010
This may just be the tip of the iceberg. And it really may be the first warning shot over the bow for states like New York and others across this nation of the economic impact of this new 2,000-page total revamp of our health care system nationally. Those 2,000 pages could amount to 4,000 to 6,000 codes, guidelines and regulations. If our staff — and I’m not letting our staff off the hook here — lost $141 million because they can’t understand the centralized federal codes, guidelines and regulations to get it right with the clients who really need this Medicaid assistance, what is it going to look like when we get a total revamp, and there’s 2,000 pages that are coming at us? The last Ways and Means report I just received from our Conference illustrates New York State is going to be losing $300 million in the first year and $400 million in 2011 with this new 2,000-page plan.