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Obamacare expected to add 300K New Yorkers to Medicaid rolls

- The Washington Times - Friday, November 29, 2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget office is bracing for a wave of Medicaid recipients due to Obamacare. In one year, New York's Medicaid rolls are predicted to jump from 5.3 million to 5.6 million members, The New York Post reported Friday.

"We've made good progress. ­Enrolling uninsured residents into Medicaid has been an important policy goal of New York for a long time," said Assembly Health Committee chairman Richard Gottfried, Manhattan Democrat, in The Post report.

New York currently has roughly 1 million who are Medicaid-eligible, The Post said. Within the next few years, one third of the state's population could be part of the program, which is largely funded by the federal government.

Since the Oct. 1 rollout of Obamacare, 46 percent of New York's 76,177 sign-ups for its state-based exchange have been Medicaid enrollees, The Post reported.

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