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Levy on Medicaid Reform

May 10, 2010

Steve Levy may be struggling for momentum in the GOP gubernatorial race, but it’s not because he lacks substantive ideas to improve the state.  Levy keeps turning out detailed proposals, while the others, at best, speak in generalities.  

Levy’s latest offering is a plan to reform New York’s Medicaid system ­ which, at a cost of more than $52 billion annually, is the most expensive program in the nation by far.

Key elements of his plan (www.levyforny.com) include:

-A hard cap on growth of the program;

-Use computer modeling to identify waste, fraud and abuse;

-Expanding use of generic drugs;

-Incentivizing fraud detection; and

-Streamlining and unifying the administration of the program.

Levy deserves credit for focusing on this critical issue. The truth is that there’ll never be a turnaround in New York until Medicaid costs are brought under control.

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  1. Ellen permalink
    May 11, 2010 11:45 AM

    I completely agree! Lazio is just throwing out basic ideas, cause he has no clue.

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