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N.Y. Drops Request for Prison Care

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by Adam Wisnieski

A year ago, the Cuomo administration announced it would seek a waiver from the feds to provide Medicaid coverage 30 days before release to prisoners with significant mental or physical health issues.

But a day before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the state withdrew its request. With a new administration and new leaders at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Cuomo administration was nervous that this request, and another request related to covering New Yorkers with AIDS, would open the door for the feds to meddle with New York’s existing Medicaid program.

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