Double dipping
Feb 21, 2020 | 4458 views | 0 0 comments | 592 592 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to reduce Medicaid's huge budget gap by shifting some of the costs to New York City, but there's a better solution.

End the state's dual eligibility policy, which allows people 65 and older to get healthcare coverage from Medicare and Medicaid. It's a double-dipping disgrace that rips off taxpayers.

New York is one of 34 states that allow dual eligibility. Among some 44 million Medicare beneficiaries nationwide, 10 million also qualify for Medicaid, but those who receive full coverage under both programs account for a "disproportionate share of all Medicaid and Medicare spending," notes the AARP.

Medicaid was initially intended to cover low-income people until they reach the age of 65, that's when Medicare should supplant, not supplement, Medicaid.

As a Medicare recipient and taxpayer, I resent those who game the system. They can have Medicare or Medicaid, but not both.


Richard Reif

kew Gardens Hills

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