Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team has released a preliminary list of suggestions for reducing the cost of the nearly $54 billion program for the poor and disabled. The governor has asked the team for recommendations by March 1 on how to close a $2.85 billion gap to help balance the budget. He has proposed reducing Medicaid spending by 2 percent — $982 million — in the new fiscal year, which begins April 1.
The group, which has held several public hearings around the state, is accepting suggestions on how to redesign Medicaid through Friday. They can be submitted on the state Health Department website.