The Painful Price of Medicaid

The Painful Price of Medicaid The fast-rising cost of Medicaid is one the most pressing issues facing the governments of New York City and State. One in four New Yorkers are served by the system of insurance, which now costs an average of $1 billion a week. Health care for the poor and long term care for the disabled and older people are more expensive than ever—and their recent growth exceeds the size the state budget gap. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new Medicaid Redesign Team made recommendations that would create nearly $3 billion in savings. With those recommendations now public, what is the future of Medicaid in New York? And what are the implications for New York City’s families?

Remarks: Jason Helgerson, Medicaid Director, State of New York Commissioner Robert Doar, NYC Human Resources Administration

Followed by a conversation with: Alyssa Aguilera, Community Organizer, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Elizabeth Lynam, Vice President, Citizens Budget Committee Barbara Lyons, Director of The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation

Moderator: Anemona Hartocollis, Reporter, The New York Times

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Supported by the Sirus Fund and the Milano Foundation.