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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 6, 2012

McCoy Organizes Counties in Pushback after Rules Change
Interpreting the rules differently could cost Albany County taxpayers $3.2 million dollars in the next few weeks and Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy is taking action. He has held a conference call with other county leaders and U.S. Senate and Congressional Representatives on the administrative change made by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Inter-Governmental Transfer payments. CMS has now said that IGT payments must be made within two years of the date of service rather than within two years of the date of claim. This reverses an interpretation that has been understood for over 40 years and means nine counties will have to pay 16 million dollars to CMS immediately. “Changing the rules in the middle of the game is blatantly unfair to the counties and to the taxpayers,” said McCoy. “The NYS Department of Health advised us to draw down the funds when we did and now CMS is penalizing us for doing exactly what we were told. That’s why we need our representatives in Washington to help.” While CMS has not given an exact date the repayments are due it has led county leaders to believe it would need to be done in the coming weeks. IGT payments are available to county nursing homes. The $16 million dollar repayment issue impacts Albany, Broome, Erie, Westchester, Sullivan, Ulster, Fulton, Monroe and Niagara Counties. “By organizing our nine counties, we are standing united,” said McCoy. “We have one voice and we’re sending one message… our counties, our residents can’t afford to pay the price when you make changes and tell us after the fact.”


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