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New York state sued twice over Medicaid cuts

Two lawsuits filed this year against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration argue state health officials bypassed the public and legislature in moving to slash hundreds of millions of Medicaid dollars for elderly and disabled people.

Groups serving over 75,000 senior and disabled New Yorkers are cautiously celebrating a judge’s Oct. 11 reversal of what advocates call a $150 million cut to Medicaid.

And a lawsuit lodged by nursing homes Thursday says Cuomo’s administration is jeopardizing $352 million in funding to help plug a $1.7 billion shortfall. Twelve nursing homes in New York have closed over the past five years.

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