Cuomo Medicaid Proposals Draws Fresh Fire

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to overhaul Medicaid is drawing new objections from different groups.

The Center for Justice and Democracy requested an investigation from the state’s Commission on Public Integrity.

Executive Director Joanne Doroshow alleges that the governor’s special panel on Medicaid Redesign had conflicts of interest, claiming hospital executives and consultants on the panel were effectively acting as "public officers" – yet they and their institutions stand to benefit from its proposal to cap medical malpractice claims.

"This was supposed to be a team to recommend Medicaid cuts," Doroshow said. "This proposal we're concerned about has nothing to do with Medicaid cuts. This has to do with letting hospitals off the hook for committing negligence."

Doroshow said if the special panel was going to discuss the judicial system, it should have involved groups representing consumers and legal advocates.

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