ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A group that advocates for people harmed or killed by medical practice is filing a formal ethics complaint against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team.

The advocates accuse some of the team’s members appointed by Cuomo of capping malpractice awards to serve the hospitals that employ them. One appointee named in the complaint is known as Cuomo’s best friend.

The Center for Justice & Democracy tells the state Public Integrity Commission that the task force of industry leaders formed to advise Cuomo and the legislature has a conflict of interest.

The unpaid advisory team was charged with revamping the Medicaid system that funds hospitals and other care providers to save billions of dollars and improve care.

There was no immediate comment from Cuomo or the Public Integrity Commission.

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