Republican State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (59th District) announced last week that legislation he authored to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system passed the Senate Social Services Committee with unanimous support. The Senator’s bill incrementally transfers the local share of Medicaid traditionally paid by county governments to the state over the course eight years. According to Senator Gallivan, “a bipartisan group of 83 Senators and Assemblymen have co-sponsored this legislation.”
We will have to monitor this development to see if this legislation is merely political posturing or becomes a legislative priority and thus acts to modify the Governor’s proposal we recently posted about. Recall, the Governor proposed a State takeover of the costs attributable to Medicaid growth over a 3 year period. This proposal immediately freezes the local contribution while enacting a full state takeover of Medicaid over an 8 year period. Clearly the Gallivan legislation is a better result for the county governments across the State.
The text of the bill can be found here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S5889C-2011