The State fiscal year 2018–19 proposed budget unveiled by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last week makes significant investments in New York’s health care community, including:
- A $1 billion Healthcare Shortfall Fund to protect New York from Federal cuts and invest in Medicaid rate increases. If used for the latter, the amount could double if the State secures Federal matching funds. New York hospitals have not seen a single Medicaid rate increase in a decade
- $425 million in new capital funding to help providers continue their dramatic transformation, with $45 million set aside for nursing homes and $60 million for community-based providers
- Full funding (of existing State commitments) for distressed hospitals and nursing homes
- A 3.2% increase in the Medicaid global cap. To keep the cap equal to medical inflation’s 10-year rolling average, the Governor proposed cuts to managed long-term care plans, the elimination of nursing home spousal refusal, provisions for value-based purchasing requirements, and pharmacy reductions.
While the Executive budget’s health care provisions are a promising start, GNYHA will request additional funding to ensure that the final budget meets the needs of New York’s financially strapped safety net providers. The GNYHA–1199SEIU Healthcare Education Project has begun a multimillion-dollar educational campaign that includes briefings for elected officials, a rally with thousands of health care workers in Albany, and a significant radio and television ad buy. Please contact Andrew Title for more information.
GNYHA has created a table of the proposed budget’s health care provisions and GNYHA’s positions.