Statement from LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, on Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

“The budget released today by Governor Cuomo omits critical legal reforms that would both reduce state Medicaid spending and provide meaningful mandate relief.  These reforms would help generate millions in revenue, save our state and municipalities crucial tax dollars, and generate jobs and economic growth.

We applaud the Governor’s creation of a Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) and the Mandate Relief Council.  However, the Medical Liability Reform Workgroup of the MRT deadlocked and failed to deliver the cost-saving recommendation of non-economic damage caps which the committee, and the Governor, supported last year.  As the state begins to take a larger share of local Medicaid expenses, these reforms become more critical to the State’s financial health.

Read the full statement here.

Learn more about the source of these problems with our state in the recent study: An Empire Disaster: Why New York’s Tort System is Broken and How to Fix It on our Studies and Research page.

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