The CMS denied New York State's request for emergency cash relief for healthcare providers that lost revenue or saw expenses soar as superstorm Sandy forced the evacuation of hospitals and nursing homes.
The state made a request for $427 million under a Medicaid waiver in early November, which would have awarded the greatest relief to hospitals closed by the storm. Hospitals that saw services disrupted by lost power or temporary damage, those that took in evacuated patients, and transportation providers were also included in the relief request.
“CMS notified DOH in late December that while the waiver proposal had merit, it was deemed that the existing channels available to provide assistance, including those through FEMA, Small Business Administration and other Federal programs, were more appropriate,” said Bill Schwarz, a New York State Health Department spokesman said. “The State Health Department is continuing its work to secure sources of federal relief for providers.”