As noted previously, due to the $5,000-per-day rate controversy, the State will make $500 million in cuts to Medicaid programs.
As also noted, OPWDD programs’ share of the cuts totals $120 million.
After a conference call with Commissioner Burke just now, it became clear that the entire amount of those cuts will be borne by the voluntary OPWDD sector. Thus, the $120 million equates to a 6% across the board cut. Furthermore, since each State dollar cut loses $1 in federal Medicaid matching money, the total cut will be $240 million. The Commissioner indicated that since the cuts need to be in place on April 1, there is insufficient time to do anything other than an across-the-board cut.
Obviously, these are devastating cuts. Since last night we have been at work on an effective advocacy strategy to deal with them.