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Counties Applaud Release of Federal Medicaid Funds

We applaud our Congressional Delegation for securing this enhanced FMAP for New York.
 

Today, the New York State Department of Health announced the disbursement of $323 million in enhanced Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funds to counties. The funds, included as part of the Families First Coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by the President in March were designed to provide states and counties with funding that would help them through the national health emergency brought on by the novel coronavirus.
 
NYSAC President John F. Marren said:
“Counties are at a decisive moment in the battle against COVID-19, as we confront new cases and communities begin the delicate task of reopening. Now more than ever, local governments need resources to keep up the fight, but with county sales tax revenues down by 30 to 40 percent and state reimbursement at risk, counties are facing major gaps in their 2020 budgets that could jeopardize this progress.

We applaud our Congressional Delegation for securing this enhanced FMAP for New York. This funding will go a long way toward ensuring our essential county workers can continue to provide the essential services that keep communities safe, healthy and economically prosperous.”
 
Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive and President of the New York State County Executive's Association and the National Association of Counties said: 
"County Leaders applaud the New York Congressional Delegation for securing the additional federal Medicaid funding for the counties. For Albany County, this eFMAP savings will be $2.7 million over the next nine months. 
 
This essential funding will help county government leaders continue to serve the public during these challenging economic times. On behalf of the NYS County Executives' Association, I would also like to express our sincere appreciation to Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health for their commitment to continue the state cap on local Medicaid expenses. This is an important public health program which serves millions of New Yorkers." 

NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario said:
“On behalf of the Counties of New York, I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for maintaining in the final 2020/21 state budget, the state cap on the growth of Medicaid at the local government level. This important cap has been a tremendous benefit to the local taxpayers and we are grateful to Governor Cuomo for this historic state and local partnership. We will continue to work with Governor Cuomo to achieve efficiencies in the Medicaid program while protecting the quality of care for Medicaid recipients.

“I would also like to thank Senate Minority Leaders Charles E. Schumer for his continued federal advocacy to provide enhanced federal funding for New York State's Medicaid Program. Senator Schumer has a long history of fighting for enhanced federal Medicaid assistance at times we needed it most, including after the tragedy of 9/11, during The Great Recession, as part of the Affordable Care Act, and now during the COVID-19 pandemic. These valiant efforts have provided the state and county taxpayers with billions of dollars in relief over this period of time.”

“Though this is an excellent first step, more work is yet to be done. We will continue to work with Governor Cuomo to advocate for unrestricted and flexible Federal funding to address the unprecedented loss of revenue that counties have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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Media Contact: Mark LaVigne | MLavigne@nysac.org | 518-465-1473 x206

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