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Non-profits: $15-an-hour minimum wage merits more state help

A person holds a sign during a rally

A person holds a sign during a rally to raise the minimum wage on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is continuing his push to raise the minimum wage to $15. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Credit: AP / Mike Groll

Could Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage end up raising state spending on Medicaid?

A growing number of non-profits that provide long-term care for the elderly and disabled say they can’t afford to pay their workers $15 per hour unless the state simultaneously hikes Medicaid spending.

The organizations largely depend on Medicaid reimbursements to pay staff and say that without a boost they’ll have to lay off workers or reduce services. They first raised the issue in January, but have been holding rallies to heighten awareness.

Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) has called for raising the Medicaid payments to care providers.

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