Sen. Charles Schumer said he was told last night that it’ll be 30 days before New York knows if it’ll get a $10 billion Medicaid waiver from the federal government.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pressing for the waiver, saying the waiver is needed to avoid the closure of several hospitals.
Schumer has been on the case, according to Schumer:
“Last night I spoke to Secretary Sebelius on the floor of the House of Representatives following the President’s State of the Union Address. I emphasized to her, as I have scores of times over the past two years, the importance of New York State receiving the ‘Medicaid waiver’ they are seeking from the federal government. In our conversation she acknowledged the importance and time sensitivity of New York receiving this waiver, and committed to me that a decision would likely be made within 30 days.
“I told the Secretary that the health care system in New York is undergoing a rapid transformation, and that these funds – up to $10 billion – would ensure that New Yorkers continue to have access to a top-notch level of health care. I appreciate her commitment to concluding the review of this application as soon as possible, and look forward to the state getting a positive decision in the very near future.”