Gov. Cuomo to cut Medicaid spending for NYC amid coronavirus outbreak is a ‘spectacularly bad idea’: Levine

By SHANT SHAHRIGIAN from the Daily News

With coronavirus yet to be contained, it’s crazy for Gov. Cuomo to try to cut Medicaid funding for the Big Apple, a Manhattan pol said Monday.

“The notion that we’d be taking a financial hit right now was already a bad idea, but now I think it’s a spectacularly bad idea that we divert resources out of the public hospital system at this incredibly sensitive moment,” Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) thundered at a City Council hearing.


While the mayor’s preliminary budget increases city funding for NYC Health + Hospitals — from $773 million in fiscal 2020 to $970 million next fiscal year — the Big Apple is bracing for huge cuts in Medicaid funding from Albany. The hospital system will be hardest hit, Mayor de Blasio previously said.

Hizzoner and the City Council expect the state to cut roughly $1 billion in Medicaid funding for the five boroughs as a team convened by Gov. Cuomo tries to find savings. The governor is threatening to hold municipalities responsible for Medicaid costs over budget by 3% or more; last year, the state’s Medicaid costs in the Big Apple grew 7%.

Cuomo officials say the extra burden on the city likely won’t be so bad.

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