At United Hospital Fund’s annual Medicaid Conference on July 21, Amir Bassiri, Medicaid Director at the New York State Department of Health, announced that the state’s Medicaid Program is about to become larger and more equitable. “We are committed to making sure everyone who is eligible for coverage keeps their coverage,” he told 600 attendees of the hybrid in-person and virtual conference. “Everything we’ve done demonstrates our long-term commitment to health equity and continued coverage expansion.”
The state’s Medicaid program currently serves over 7.5 million residents. Beginning January 1, 2023, New York Medicaid income eligibility for individuals 65 and older, or those who are blind or disabled, will expand from 87 percent of the federal poverty level to 138 percent, to be consistent with the income eligibility threshold for New Yorkers under age 65, Mr. Bassiri said. The State also plans to extend coverage to undocumented residents who are 65 and older by March 1, 2023. It’s all part of the State’s determination to address health disparities and system inequities in health care delivery.
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