New York boosts hospital reimbursement by $140M after major donation to Democrats

After years of pushing for Medicaid reimbursement, New York hospitals finally got what they wanted this year — an increase valued at $140 million annually — after donating more than $1 million to the Democratic Party, The New York Times reports.

The $1 million-plus donation was double what the Greater New York Hospital Association had given any campaign in 10 years, according to the report. It was prompted by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who faced a tough primary election last year.

Mr. Cuomo said the donation did not influence the reimbursement increase, which was the first since 2008, according to the report.

The state Medicaid program was $1.7 billion over budget in March, and officials delayed payments three days, pushing it into the next year's budget, according to the report. The state still does not have a plan to offset the spending.   

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