Capitol Watch: Medicaid woes

$600 million in cuts being eyed

WBEN Newsroom
January 26, 2020 - 7:14 am

(WBEN/AP)  Public negotiations over New York's budget are set to begin amid worries about another round of Medicaid cuts. Heads of state agencies, lobbyists and members of the public will start to offer input on the governor’s proposed budget Monday. That will kick off three weeks of budget hearings. Lawmakers are likely to focus much of their attention this spring on avoiding more cuts to Medicaid. Cuomo’s administration hopes to help plug a $6 billion deficit with $600 million in Medicaid cuts to nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare providers

New York's governor wants to expand the state's child tax credit to help families cover the costs of raising children. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recently released budget proposal would expand New York's child tax credit to children under four. The Democrat says the move would help nearly 400,000 families with annual gross income of $50,000 or less who are struggling with the cost of raising children. Lawmakers face a deadline to pass a budget by April 1.

A committee formed to advise New York on how to deal with more visitors to the Adirondack High Peaks is seeking public input. The High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group was created in November to help the state Department of Environmental Conservation with management issues. Concerns have been raised recently about more hikers on High Peaks trails and more cars lining the mains roads through the region. The group is supposed to make its recommendations by June.


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