The Medicaid Redesign Team proposed more than 300 specific initiatives by 2015 and deserves recognition for its achievements. The Citizens Budget Commission released a report last month assessing the Team’s strategies and the Department’s progress in implementing them. Titled “What Ails Medicaid In New York, And Does The Medicaid Redesign Team Have A Cure?“, the report finds that the initiatives have been successful in containing total program costs even with a one-third increase in enrollment due primarily to changes in funding and eligibility related to provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act of 2010. Average cost per enrollee between 2010 and 2014 declined 17 percent from $10,432 to $8,620, including declines in the more expensive categories of enrollees.
Improving Medicaid Further In New York Is Challenging But Vital