AHCA Requires NYS to Fully Assume Local Share of Medicaid by 2020

AHCA Requires NYS to Fully Assume Local Share of Medicaid by 2020

The GOP healthcare legislation that passed the House yesterday keeps in the so-called "Collins-Faso amendment" — named for sponsors NYS Reps. Chris Collins and Faso — that would require New York to take over the Medicaid costs currently covered by counties by 2020. That could apparently cost the state $2.3 billion (a year for 3 years).

Here’s what Rep. John Faso and Governor Cuomo had to say about it:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo:
"Sadly, some representatives in New York have sold their vote and turned their backs on the very constituents they represent. This bill is a targeted assault against our values, punishing New Yorkers because we support women's reproductive rights and including the Collins/Faso amendment which would devastate the state’s health care industry, put millions of New Yorkers at risk, and increase the total cost of this bill on New York to $6.9 billion.

U.S. Rep. John Faso:
“The AHCA contains a provision I authored to eliminate the ability of New York State as of 2020 to impose Medicaid costs on county property taxpayers. For a typical homeowner or commercial property owner residing in the 19th District, Medicaid costs represent over 40 percent of their county property tax burden. …The provision I authored will bring much-needed property tax relief and keep people and jobs in Upstate New York.”