- Associated Press - Friday, February 18, 2011

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An early list of proposals from a task force redesigning the most expensive Medicaid system in the nation seeks to charge hospitals and nursing homes more as a way to cut New York’s cost.

A spokesman for the health care facilities says that will force layoffs and reduced services.

The $750 million charge over two years is one of 49 items listed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid task force. Each will be examined by the panel of experts.

Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto says no proposal is favored at this point over any of the other hundreds of ideas to reduce the state’s expenses.

William Van Slyke of the Healthcare Association of New York says hospitals can no longer do more with less after several previous aid cuts.