While Gov. Andrew Cuomo got most of what he wanted in the budget, he did agree to strip the idea of a $250,000 cap on medical malpractice awards from the agreement.
The med-mal provision was opposed by Democratic lawmakers and health-care advocates, but was aggressively supported by unions and the health-care industry. In fact, the proposal was considered a key one in getting unions and the health-care groups to support the recommendations of the Medicaid Redesign Team, on which many of the groups were members.
“There was disagreement on the net effect of the cap,” Cuomo said, adding that health-care groups are still supportive of the plan.
Still, Cuomo did get a living-wage provision that was backed by unions and other provisions he pursued.
The budget includes “a global cap” on state Medicaid expenditures of about $15 billion for the upcoming fiscal year, which would be overseen by the state health commissioner.