Proposed Medicaid cuts hang in N.Y. budget balance

On April 15, 2024, CDChoices Business Development Specialist, Jocelyn Arndt, was interviewed by Spectrum News regarding the proposed cuts to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). She said the state Health Department will face steep administrative challenges if New York transitions to a single provider like California has done. “We pride ourselves in being community-centric. We understand our communities, we understand their needs and we’re able to innovate and develop benefits. Even if we’re talking about trimming the program, this proposal isn’t a trim. This proposal is doing brain surgery with a shotgun.” Jocelyn continues that this change will threaten widespread job losses. But that’s not how the governor sees it. “This was not intended to be a jobs creation program — this was intended as a health care program,” Governor Hochul said. Governor Hochul believes New York can successfully reduce unnecessary administrative overhead in the CDPAP program and use a handful of providers like in other U.S. states.

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