New Yorkers Keep Waiting For Medicaid Waiver
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 4, 2005
ALBANY, NEW YORK--Nearly eleven months ago, the New York Legislature passed a measure that would allow the state to use Medicaid money to help about 5,000 people with disabilities to stay in their own homes rather than be forced into nursing homes or other institutions over the next three years -- while cutting the cost of their services in half.
Governor George Pataki signed the bill into law last October. It was welcomed by county officials who blamed the high cost of Medicaid for their high tax rates.
Still, it is not likely anyone will be able to take advantage of the plan any time soon, because the state Health Department hasn't applied for permission from the federal government to implement the plan. That process likely won't happen until next March.
"The application is a complex issue and it requires us to get a good deal of input from the advocacy community," department spokesman, William VanSlyke told the Democrat & Chronicle. "It takes time, and we're not going to rush the process."
"Delay frustrates patients waiting for at-home care" (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)