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New York Budget Would Hurt Latino Health Care, Providers Say


Latino health care providers will make a last-ditch effort to get the Legislature to roll back some Medicaid changes they say will hurt Hispanics and others in New York’s poor neighborhoods.

The organizations Hispanic Mental Health Professionals, Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Federation oppose parts of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid overhaul in his proposed state budget that will force managed care.

They say the HMO-like system isn’t as accepted in low-income areas as the traditional fee-for-service model.

The Latino health care officials also worry that critical medications won’t be as available. Cuomo’s Medicaid team denies that.

Cuomo seeks to move almost all Medicaid patients to managed care within three years. He said that will save the state billions of dollars and improve care.