- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
announced in his State of the State address that he has issued an Executive Order aimed at redesigning New York's outsized Medicaid
program. The order calls for the creation of a new Medicaid Redesign Team to find ways to save money within the Medicaid program for the upcoming state budget for the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year.
"New York's bloated Medicaid program, which spends at a rate more than twice the national average, must be reformed to help our state begin to make ends meet," said Governor Cuomo
. "This new team has been tasked with finding ways to save Medicaid money which will finally give taxpayers a needed break."
Under Governor Cuomo's Order, the Team is to begin work no later than Friday, January 7, and must submit its first report with findings and recommendations to the Governor by March 1 for consideration in the budget process. The Team shall submit quarterly reports thereafter until the end of Fiscal Year 2011-12, when it disbands.
The Medicaid Redesign Team will include up to 25 voting members appointed by the Governor including:
• State officers or state employees with relevant expertise.
• Two members of the New York State Assembly, one recommended by the Speaker of the Assembly
and one recommended by the Minority Leader of the Assembly.
• Two members of the New York State Senate, one recommended by the Temporary President of the Senate and one recommended by the Minority Leader of the Senate.
• Leaders with expertise in the healthcare industry.
• Leaders with expertise in the healthcare insurance industry.
• Business and consumer leaders.
New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson will serve as the Team's executive director and the state Budget Director will serve as a non-voting member.
New York's multi-billion dollar Medicaid program is paid for by state, county and federal taxes. In a majority of the State's counties, Medicaid costs alone account for more than half of the entire county tax levy.
New York spends more than twice the national average on Medicaid on a per capita basis, and spending per enrollee is the second highest in the nation. At the same time, New York ranks 21st out of all states for overall health system quality and ranks last among all states for avoidable hospital use and costs.