NY Building Low-Income Housing for Medicaid Recipients

New York plans to create low-income housing for 5,000 Medicaid recipients with significant health care needs.
The housing units are planned for Manhattan and the Bronx in New York City, as well as on Long Island and in other areas around the state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the units will be built using Medicaid savings identified by Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, a group made up of professionals from most areas of the health care industry.
The first phase will spend nearly $47 million to construct 12 new buildings over the next year to 18 months, providing 483 housing units which will come with nearly $30 million in rent subsidies. In all, more than 4,300 people will benefit from the housing.
"A critical component to improving the health of New Yorkers and containing health care costs is to ensure that an individual's housing needs are also met,'' said state Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah. "By increasing the availability of supportive housing for high-need Medicaid beneficiaries, we will be able to reduce Medicaid costs and improve the quality of care for these individuals.''


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