Federal bill introduced to eliminate county costs in Medicaid

CHENANGO COUNTY – The county’s Health and Human Services Committee unanimously carried a resolution Tuesday that would offer the county’s official backing of federal legislation aimed at eliminating county shares in Medicaid costs nationwide.

County Department of Social Services Director Bette Osborne said if the bill becomes law, it would relieve $9.2 million of Chenango County’s Medicaid budget. “It would be a tremendous tax relief for the public,” Osborne said.

Under the legislation, a state would not be able to pass along any Medicaid costs to its counties. However, Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s budget calls for a major reorganization of state Medicaid, including significant cuts in the state’s payment share.

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