Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said today that his analysis of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 30-day budget amendments make a good step in controlling Medicaid costs.
But the budget gap, estimated to be about $10 billion, is still problematic, DiNapoli’s report said. In addition, the comptroller’s office found that much of the savings proposed by the governor—both within the health-care program for the poor and non-Medicaid savings, are largely undefined.
“As the budget process moves forward, the Legislature and the Governor must remain committed to addressing the state’s structural deficit,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “Recurring spending must be aligned with recurring revenue, and the budget process should be transparent and completed on time.”
DiNapoli praised the Medicaid Redesign Team, which released its findings earlier this month, saying that the panel took a good look at savings. Still, the team’s recommendations also include $640 million in “undefined” cost savings from the health-care industry.
Undefined non-Medicaid spending include $1.4 billion in state operations savings comprising 10-percent agency reductions, $450 million in workforce savings and $100 million from unspecified facility closures, according to the report.