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Matthew Shapiro quote in Mental Health Weekly
New York advocates continue to push for Medicaid BH carve out modelWith less than two weeks away from the start of a new fiscal year, New York state legislators are considering a number of proposals to its Medicaid system to improve quality and lower the cost of care, including a behavioral health carve out plan, supported by more than 40 advocacy groups around the state.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing to redesign the state’s Medicaid program to address soaring enrollment and rein in expenses for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which begins April 1. Through an executive order, Cuomo established a Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) charged with conducting regional public hearings across the state to solicit ideas from the public on how the Medicaid system could be changed to be more fiscally responsible (see MHW, Feb. 7). The governor late last month submitted the MRT recommendations to state legislators who are currently reviewing them.