For N.Y., Medicaid adjustment should be easier

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Unlike some of his counterparts, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo won’t have to scramble to meet deadlines under the recently upheld Affordable Care Act.

New York is one of 15 states that has taken action to establish a “health care exchange,” a marketplace for people to select insurance policies. States must demonstrate by Jan. 1 that their exchange is operational.

New York has created a “rate review” program for insurance polices. In addition, New York already has what’s considered an expanded Medicaid program – meaning it won’t see a sharp jump in participants. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that New York, on a percentage basis, will have the second-lowest spending growth increase in the nation.

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