HCFA Administrator Bruce Vladeck said New York's application for a waiver to move its Medicaid recipients into managed-care plans will be approved within a month.
Vladeck, testifying on Capitol Hill last week, was responding to a question from Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.). March 17 was the two-year anniversary of the New York State Department of Health's waiver submission.
Health Commissioner Barbara DeBuono said the waiver is still hung up on budgetary issues, although she declined to discuss specifics.
Also last week, the state announced that HCFA cleared a more limited waiver to allow 31 upstate counties to move women and children who are receiving certain Medicaid benefits into managed-care plans. The Section 1915-b waiver is expected to save the federal, state and local governments $20 million over two years. The state plans to file a similar waiver application for New York City in the next two weeks.
DeBuono said the state applied for the limited upstate waiver last fall when officials realized the comprehensive waiver "was simply not getting approved."