NEW HARTFORD, NY-- A newly proposed amendment could change the way New York State pays for Medicaid. This morning Congresswoman Claudia Tenney held a press conference to discuss the possible amendment.
"This is probably the biggest mandate relief package that will come to New York State in my lifetime," said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. "Because its enormous-- the amount of money, and the impact that it's going to have on our local governments."
In Oneida County alone, $55 million dollars goes to Medicaid. According to Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, that is 81 percent of the county's budget. The newly proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act would no longer require the county to pay for the program.
"What it does is give the counties flexibility. The American Health Care Act, the point of it, is that now the states are really going to take up the charge. Now what we are saying is let's give the counties some relief," Tenney explains.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said he supports this amendment.
"If I didn't have to pay those costs, I could reduce taxes. We could improve services and expand in some areas, and fix more roads and do more economic development that we couldn't do right now," said Picente. "But $55 million---- over a million dollars a week in Medicaid costs is very expensive."
Both Picente and Tenney said counties across New York State have been asking for Medicaid relief for a long time.
"This is already been signed off by the Trump Administration and the Senate.And we were told its going to make it through the reconciliation process if we have to get a simple majority to vote in the Senate," said Tenney. "So we are very confident that this is going to take place."
Tenney is also holding a town hall meeting by telephone Wednesday evening, and she's likely to discuss this amendment during the meeting. It starts at 6:15 p.m., and it should last for about an hour.
You can sign up for the call online at tenney.house.gov/telephone-townhall .
You can also call one of three different phone numbers:
-- her New Hartford district office at 315-732-0713;
-- her Binghamton office at 607-376-6002;
-- or her office in Washington, D.C. at 202-225-3665.
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