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« on: January 23, 2013, 12:10:08 PM »

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/medicaid_eyed_for_all_ex_cons_8xN6K99jLwTdsEjE73r1kI




Gov. Cuomo’s administration is launching an aggressive plan to sign up thousands of ex-cons for taxpayer-financed Medicaid, which they’ll receive once they leave prison, The Post has learned.

Under the initiative, all inmates would automatically apply for the public health insurance for the needy while incarcerated, state Department of Health officials said.

Those who meet the income requirements will be placed on the Medicaid rolls upon discharge.

Critics say the plan offers no incentive for convicted felons to find work after lockup.

“It’s an extremely liberal approach to benefit prisoners. It shouldn’t be ‘Medicaid on demand.’ It gives the prisoners no incentive to get a job so they can get their own health insurance. This is unfair to the hardworking taxpayers of New York,” fumed state Conservative Party chairman Mike Long.
 


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“Evidently, crime does pay.”

Health officials defended the program as bolstering public health.

“The incidences of communicable and noncommunicable diseases tend to be higher in the prison population. It also prevents unnecessary spread of illness in the community,” said Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, chairwoman of DOH’s Public Health and Planning Council panel, which is reviewing the issue.

Authorities declined to say how many prisoners would be eligible, but even a conservative estimate would be in the thousands.

There are 56,000 convicts in prisons or other facilities. In 2010, 25,308 inmates were discharged.

Meanwhile, 2.2 million New Yorkers statewide are uninsured, or about 15 percent of all adults between the ages of 18 and 64.

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2014, 11:58:51 AM »

Medicaid to pay for New Yorker’s sex-change surgeries


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Medicaid to pay for New Yorker’s sex-change surgeries
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Gov. Cuomo approved a new policy Tuesday night allowing impoverished transgender New Yorkers to bill taxpayers for sex-change surgery.

The Cuomo administration issued new rules requiring New York’s highest-in-the-nation $55 billion Medicaid program — the government health-insurance program for the needy — to foot the bill for “gender reassignment” operations.

State officials estimate the expanded coverage for transgender operations and services will cost the Medicaid program $6.7 million a year.

There are 353 men and 308 women on Medicaid who have been diagnosed with gender-identify disorder.

The state Department of Health estimated that a portion of these individuals will seek either hormone therapy or reassignment surgery.

The cost for sex-change operations — which include testicle removal, breast augmentation and mastectomy — ranges from $15,000 to $50,000. That doesn’t include thousands of dollars in therapy and counseling services.

Medicaid will pick up the tab for transgender New Yorkers who are over 18, although the patients must be 21 to get surgery that results in sterilization.

‎“New York state has always been a progressive leader and ensuring that all New Yorkers — regardless of gender identity — are treated fairly will continue this legacy,” Cuomo said.

“This new regulation will guarantee transgender New Yorkers access to Medicaid-funded care, which is critical to safeguarding the principle of equal treatment,” he said.

“I am proud that the state is taking this step and continuing to lead the fight on transgender rights.”

New York joins ‎ Oregon, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington, DC, and Maryland in offering medical services to transgender residents.

But Republican leaders slammed Cuomo’s move as outrageous.


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“Sometimes you just have to say ‘no,’ and this is clearly one of them,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

“New Yorkers pay the highest ‎property taxes in America because our Medicaid costs already are through the roof, Putting taxpayers on the hook for sex change operations when they often struggle to pay for their own basic health-care needs is ridiculous, no matter how it’s spun,” he said.

State Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) predicted the Medicaid costs for sex-change operations will be much higher.

“The state is saying it will cost $67 million over ten years. It will be over $100 million. It’s an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars,” Golden said.

Cuomo’s move also will make it easier for foster-care residents in the city’s care who identify as transgender to get sex-reassignment surgery through Medicaid. The city — as well as the state — has been sued for discrimination after refusing to pay for such services.

“We look forward to working with the State in the implementation and roll out of these critical and lifesaving health care provisions for the transgender community,” Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and the Council’s LGBT Caucus said in a join statement.

“We applaud the Cuomo administration for taking this important step,” said Michael Silverman, director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Policy. “New York is poised to become a model state when it comes to the protection of its transgender residents.”

But Silverman objected to Cuomo limiting the transgender services to adults while continuing to exclude youths
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