Repeal of Medicaid Intercept Tabled
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The Monroe County Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday tabled the motion to repeal the county's Medicaid Intercept program.
County Executive Maggie Brooks submitted a resolution to rescind the Intercept in December. Brooks' resolution followed several attempts by Democratic legislator Paul Haney to have the Intercept rescinded.
Democratic legislators say Brooks' proposal contains identical fiscal impact as Haney's. Haney says his resolution was filed with the clerk minutes before the county executive's resolution, but the majority leader says Haney's resolution was deemed incorrect by the legislature president.
"I'm about as angry as I am after almost every meeting in this chamber where the rights and prerogatives of the minority members of the legislature are routinely run over with a steamroller," said Haney, (D).
"I would anticipate that this will happen, that it will be lifted from the table and will pass. It's a good idea, but right now we are looking to optimize our savings from 2012 and maximize our potential savings in 2013. This will be discussed as part of our budgetary process," said Anthony Daniele, (R), Majority Leader.
The current Medicaid Intercept option allows the state to directly intercept sales tax revenue to cover the county's share of Medicaid costs.