California Tea Partier tries to block waiver funds that could save Brooklyn hospitals
Cuomo: A ‘transparently partisan attack’
A wealthy Republican from California is trying to throw a wrench into New York’s $10 billion Medicaid waiver request, $1 billion of which is supposed to go towards helping teetering Brooklyn hospitals.
Darrell Issa, the chairman of the Housing Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and two other committee members asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday to block the funds until New York repays billions of dollars in supposed overpayments made as far back as 1991.
“This is nothing more than another in a series of Chairman Issa’s transparently partisan attacks under the guise of official government action,” Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson Richard Azzopardi told the Brooklyn Eagle late Tuesday.
“The facts are that Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign is successfully saving the federal government $17 billion over five years and we are asking to reinvest $10 billion of that in order to achieve even greater savings.”