Sweeney And Skelos Applaud Findings Of Medicaid Fraud Investigation For New York State

Dean G. Skelos

June 06, 2006

Highlights of the Report include:

Ø Insufficient program integrity staff was a negative result of an increase in the State Medicaid program by 55%, from $27.2 billion in 1998, to $42.3 billion in FY 2004 and a reduction in staff of 60% from 950 staff in 1998, to 584 in 2004. New YorkState has the largest Medicaid program in the nation. While recent additional staff members are welcomed, New York staffing will still be only at 70% of the 1998 level when the program size was nearly 1/3 smaller than in FY 04.