ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State health officials say they have applied for a waiver that would enable them to use $10 billion of federal savings from Medicaid changes for other state initiatives meant to improve primary health care for poorer New Yorkers.
The Cuomo administration projects saving $34 billion over five years in the government health care program, largely from a spending cap and better management.
While the state would normally reap half the amount, the waiver seeks to also keep most of the projected $17 billion of federal savings.
That would be used for grants and investments to provide health care to Medicaid patient and the uninsured before they reach public hospitals' emergency rooms and to help ensure they have adequate housing and nursing home care.
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