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.