Medicaid Redesign Team Announces Seven Regional Public Hearings to Solicit Ideas for Reforming New York's Medicaid Program

First Two Forums Scheduled in Buffalo and Rochester

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 14, 2011) – The New York State Medicaid Redesign Team, created by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to conduct a comprehensive examination of New York's Medicaid system, today announced seven regional public hearings to solicit suggestions from the public and stakeholders on ways to eliminate waste and inefficiency while improving quality in the Medicaid program.

No pre-registration is required. Speakers will be asked to register onsite and will be given two minutes to present their suggestions.

New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson serves as executive director of the Medicaid Redesign Team. Co-chairs are Michael Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore LIJ Health system, and Dennis Rivera, former Chair of SEIU Healthcare and currently Senior Advisor to the International President of SEIU. The Team must submit its first report with findings and recommendations to the Governor by March 1 for consideration during the budget process. The Team will submit quarterly reports thereafter until the end of the 2011-2012 fiscal year, when it disbands.

"At its current rate of growth, New York's Medicaid program is unsustainable," said Dowling. "The Medicaid Redesign Team is seeking everyone's help in finding solutions to bring costs down while maintaining and improving quality. This is an open, participatory process. These hearings offer an opportunity for the general public as well as various stakeholders to offer their suggestions and be part of the solution."

Suggestions may also be submitted on the Medicaid Redesign web site at:

The schedule of public hearings is:

Wednesday, January 19
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
David C. Hohn Lecture Hall
Research Studies Center
Elm and Carlton streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
Thursday, January 20
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
National Museum of Play at The Strong
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607
NYC (Manhattan)
Thursday, January 27
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Baruch College
The William & Anita Newman Vertical Campus
One Bernard Baruch Way
55 Lexington Avenue & E. 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
NYC (Bronx)
Thursday, January 27
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Bronx Community College
The Hall of Fame Playhouse
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
LONG ISLAND (Nassau County)
Friday, January 28
10 a.m. – 1 p.m
Hofstra University
The Student Center Theatre in the Mack Student Center
1000 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
Wednesday, February 2
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz
Lecture Center, Room 100
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561
NORTH COUNTRY (Queensbury)
Thursday, February 3
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
SUNY Adirondack Community College
640 Bay Road
Main Theatre, Science & Humanities Building
Queensbury, NY 12804