On Thursday, HCP President Claudia Hammar and Vice President for Public Policy Laura Haight testified at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways & Means Committees on the topics of Health and Medicaid in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 Executive Budget proposal.
The Budget Hearing, which lasted for more than ten hours, opened with more than five hours of testimony, questions and answers by New York State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, followed by Maria T. Vullo, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), and Medicaid Inspector General Dennis Rosen of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG). Much of the discussion focused on the Governor’s proposal for the State to cap prices on certain pharmaceutical drugs, as well as inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates, and the potential impact of actions at the Federal level on issues such as the Affordable Care Act and funding for Medicare and Medicaid.
HCP testified third out of 46 groups following the State agencies’ presentations. HCP urged the State Legislature to address the critical needs of New York’s home care industry by requiring adequate and prompt reimbursements for home care services in Medicaid managed care, more oversight and transparency of Home Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention funds, and providing additional resources for home care agencies for investments in health care information technology and other purposes. HCP submitted written testimony detailing the home care industry’s mounting unreimbursed labor costs over the past three years, among other challenges.
HCP's testimony can be viewed here.
Later on Thursday, HCP appeared on Time Warner Cable News' Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the minimum wage funding allocated in last year's Budget. Hammar and Haight discussed proposals to improve the process of funds passing through from Medicaid managed care plans to home care providers, and the Association's Budget priorities for 2017-18.
The interview can be viewed here.