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Cuomo’s Medicaid Reform Task Force Hits Target

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N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (credit: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP)Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s task force to cut the cost and improve the most expensive Medicaid system in the nation said more than $1.1 billion can be cut while improving service to the one in four New Yorkers it serves.

The goal of the overhaul is to move nearly every one of the state’s 4.7 million recipients of the government healthcare program to managed care in three years, ending the use of hospital emergency rooms that drive up costs and provide limited service to patients.

The task force of nearly 30 experts in health care, including hospitals, nursing homes and workers’ unions, proposes a series of caps that will force facilities to make their own cuts and efficiencies.

The measure now goes to the Legislature.

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