Picente: If Medicaid cap removed, residents could see hefty tax hike

New York residents could see a significant tax hike if the state decides to remove the cap on the county-level contribution to Medicaid.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 3:38 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2020 3:39 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – New York residents could see a significant tax hike if the state decides to remove the cap on the county-level contribution to Medicaid.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says the worst-case scenario could result in a 7-9% tax increase.

“The governor has proposed, indirectly, that the cap that was instituted on counties a few years back, that capped our growth on Medicaid, would be released -- and we would be required to pay the growth factor again.

“Now that's a problem because we have been working hard over the past few years staying under the tax cap with the benefit of not having to pay the growth in Medicaid. And if that gets taken away from us, that changes the dynamics for everything. We want to work with the governor and fix this,” said Picente.

The state is currently facing a budget deficit of $6 billion, $4 billion of which is due to Medicaid costs.

Picente is urging Cuomo and other lawmakers to find another solution to make up the deficit.

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