Breaking News: Genesee County Legislature has launched a petition drive – State, take over Medicaid. Madison and Rensselaer Counties too.

Genesee County

Legislature drive urges state to take over Medicaid costs

Buffalo News Staff Reports

Published:January 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

BATAVIA—The Genesee County Legislature has launched a petition drive “for all concerned citizens, taxpayers and beneficiaries to sign” to persuade New York to take over all Medicaid costs.

Petitions are available at City Hall, the county Motor Vehicle and Legislature offices, and all town and village offices. They demand action on Senate and Assembly bills that would end local growth in Medicaid costs and have the state take over the entire county share by 2019.

This year, Genesee’s appropriation for Medicaid benefits is $9.87 million, 38 percent of the local property tax levy. The local share goes up 3 percent each year.

The New York State Association of Counties is leading a statewide effort to get co-sponsors for the bills and convince the governor that “real mandate relief—Medicaid reform—can and will be achieved only with the state takeover of local benefit costs.”

Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock is current president of NYSAC.

The goal is to have legislation in place during the upcoming Albany session and make it part of the 2012-13 state budget to be adopted by April 1.

 

From NYSAC: Counties Advocating for Mandate Relief

Did you hear that? It’s another county calling for mandate relief.

This week, Genesee and Madison counties launched initiatives designed to engage residents in mandate relief efforts. Genesee County, led by Legislative Chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock (NYSAC President), started a petition drive for citizens to urge State leaders to enact mandate relief through a State takeover of county Medicaid costs.

The Madison County website is headlined by a call from Chairman John Becker to contact Governor Andrew Cuomo to encourage him to “Remove the Medicaid Burden from Madison County Property Taxes.” (http://www.madisoncounty.org/)

Late last month Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino launched a new website designed to encourage county residents to urge Governor Cuomo and State Lawmakers to “Stop Mandates Now.” The site (www.rensco.com/execoffice_mandaterelief.asp) localizes the fiscal impact of the 9 State mandates consuming 90 percent of the county property tax levy statewide, and provides an easy way for residents to contact State leaders.

Join the chorus. Ask your county colleagues, business leaders, community groups and homeowners to call on Governor Cuomo and your State Senator and Assemblymember to get on the Mandate Relief bandwagon. The time for talk in the State Capitol is over. The time for action is now. (Mark LaVigne)

AND WE HERE AT MANDATERELIEFNY WOULD ADD: CONTACT YOUR COUNTY OFFICIALS AS WELL AND TELL THEM TO GET ON BOARD AS THE COUNTIES ABOVE ARE DOING.

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State Lawmakers Support State Medicaid Takeover Legislation, has support in 51 Counties

Medicaid Relief Proposal

Take a look at this video of a press conference held on September 19 about a new Medicaid relief proposal that will mean tax relief for counties across New York State.

CONTACT your State Legislature officials and let them know you support their sponsorship of this legislation, or request that they become a sponsor today! As for your County officials, request that they do their part to keep pressure on the state and pass resolutions in support of this bill.

Additionally, Take  Action by Signing these Petitions:

State Lawmakers Support State Medicaid Takeover Proposal

BILL NUMBER: S.5889B (Gallivan) / A.8644 (Paulin)

SPONSOR: GALLIVAN

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend chapter 58 of the laws of 2005, relating to authorizing reimbursements for expenditures made by or on behalf of social services districts for medical assistance for needy persons and the administration thereof, in relation to calculating social services district
medical assistance expenditure amounts

PURPOSE:
This bill provides for an immediate freeze of local contributions to the cost of Medicaid followed by the gradual state assumption of all non- federal Medicaid costs over an 8-year period.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Sections 1 and 2 of Part C of Chapter 58 of the Laws of 2005 are amended to provide a phased takeover of the local share of Medicaid costs.

JUSTIFICATION:
Since the enactment of the Medicaid program in 1965, local social service districts (counties and the City of New York) have been required to share in both the cost and administrative operation of the program. Over the years, the cost of the program has grown exponentially while responsibility for program design and administration has been gradually shifted to the state. By 2016, all administrative responsibility for Medicaid will be assumed by the state.

Despite this shift of responsibility, county and New York City governments continue to be required to contribute a significant share of the total program cost. Currently, counties and New York City pay approximately $7.3 billion per year and under existing law, these costs will
continue to increase by 3% each year. With the recently enacted 2% cap on property taxes, counties simply cannot continue to meet this state mandate without slashing other essential local services such as senior services, veteran’s services, law enforcement, parks, and road maintenance.

This legislation provides for the gradual assumption of the current local shares starting with an immediate freeze on local contributions effective January 1, 2012. On October 1, 2012, local contributions will be reduced by 5%. Additional reductions will be made in the subsequent
years ending the with the full assumption of local Medicaid costs in 2019.

The timing of this legislation is designed to take advantage of changes that may be required by the federal Affordable Care Act as well as state actions being implemented or planned by the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team. Given the phased nature of the takeover, there is ample time for the Governor and Legislature to develop and consider changes to the program that may be required to maintain program compliance with federal law as well as affordability to the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

Sponsors of S.5889B/A.8644 as of 10/27/11

Senate
GALLIVAN, MCDONALD, RANZENHOFER, AVELLA, BONACIC, CARLUCCI, FARLEY, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, GRISANTI, LARKIN, LIBOUS, MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, O’MARA, OPPENHEIMER, RITCHIE, SEWARD, VALESKY, YOUNG

Assembly
Co-Prime Sponsors: Paulin, Sweeney, Lupardo, Lifton, Magnarelli, Schimminger, Abinanti, Galef, Latimer, Lavine, Roberts, Thiele, Spano, Gunther, Jaffee, Brindisi, Molinaro, Giglio

Multi Sponsors: Magee, Boyle, Johns, Tedisco, Palmesano, Burling, Ceretto, Kolb, Smardz, Tenney, Barclay, McDonough, Hawley, Castelli, Corwin

Sponsor breakdown by region/county

• Albany
• Allegany- Young (S-57), Burling (A-147), Giglio (A-149)
• Broome – Libous (S-52), Lupardo (A-126)
• Cattaraugus – Young (S-57), Giglio (A-149)
• Cayuga – Valesky (S-49), Kolb (A-129), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Chautauqua – Young (S-57), Giglio (A-149), pending Goodell (A-150)
• Chemung – O’Mara (S-53)
• Chenango – Libous (S-52), Seward (S-51)
• Clinton
• Columbia – Molinaro (A-103)
• Cortland – Seward (S-51), Lifton A-125), Kolb (A-129)
• Delaware – Bonacic (S-42)
• Dutchess – Molinaro (A-103)
• Erie – Gallivan (S-59), Razenhofer (S-61), Grisanti (S-60), Schimminger (A-140), Smardz (A146), Corwin (A-142)
• Essex
• Franklin
• Fulton – Farley (S-44), Butler (A-117)
• Genesee – Ranzenhofer (S-61), Burling (A-147), Hawley (A-139)
• Greene – Seward (S-51)
• Hamilton
• Herkimer – Seward S-51, Butler (A-117)
• Jefferson – Ritchie (S-48)
• Lewis – Griffo (S-47)
• Livingston – Gallivan (S-59), Young (S-57), Burling (A-147)
• Madison – Valesky (S-49), Magee (A-111)
• Monroe – Maziarz (S-62), Johns (A-135), Hawley (A-139), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Montgomery – Farley (S-44)
• Nassau – Lavine (A-13), Montessano (A-15)
• New York City – Avella (S-11), Golden (S-22)
• Niagara – Grisanti (S-60), Maziarz (S-62), Schimminger (A-140), Ceretto (A-138), Hawley (A-139), Corwin (A-142)
• Oneida – Griffo (S-47), Valesky (S-49), Magee (A-111), Brindisi (A-116)
• Onondaga – Valesky (S-49), Magnarelli (A-120), Roberts (A-119), Kolb (A-129), Barclay (A-124)
• Ontario – Gallivan (S-59), Kolb (A-129), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Orange – Bonacic (S-42), Carlucci (S-38), Larkin (S-39), Gunther (A-98)
• Orleans – Maziarz (S-62), Hawley (A-139)
• Oswego – Ritchie (S-48), Barclay (A-124)
• Otsego – Seward (S-51), Magee (A-111), Butler (A-117)
• Putnam – Galef (A-90)
• Rensselaer – McDonald (S-43)
• Rockland – Carlucci (S-38), Jaffee (A-95)
• St. Lawrence – Griffo (S-47), Ritchie (S-48)
• Saratoga – McDonald (S-43), Farely (S-44), Tedisco (A-110)
• Schenectady – Farley (S-44), Tedisco (A-110)
• Schoharie – Seward (S-51)
• Schuyler – O’Mara (S-53)
• Seneca – Kolb (A-129), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Steuben – O’Mara (S-53),
• Suffolk – Sweeney (A-11), Thiele (A-2), Boyle (A-8)
• Sullivan – Bonacic (S-42), Gunther (A-98)
• Tioga – Libous (S-52)
• Tompkins – O’Mara (S-53), Seward (S-51), Lifton (A-125), Nozzolio (S-54)
• Ulster – Bonacic (S-42), Larkin (S-39)
• Warren
• Washington
• Wayne – Nozzolio (S-54)
• Westchester – Oppenheimer (S-3), Paulin (A-88), Abinati (A-92), Galef (A-90), Latimer (A-91), Spano (A-93), Castelli (A-89)
• Wyoming – Gallivan (S-59), Burling (S-147)
• Yates – O’Mara (S-53), Palmesano (A-136)