Borough president slams Pataki's Medicaid plan saying it will hurt the Bronx

It's a plan that would shave $1 billion off Medicaid spending, but according to the borough president the governor's proposal spells physical and economic disaster for the Bronx.

Borough President Adolfo Carrion says health care is unaffordable for Bronx residents and that's why he feels the governor's plan does not make sense. Under Governor George Pataki's (R-NY) Medicaid reform proposal, family health plus, a program that covers low-income families in the Bronx and city, would change. Patients would be required to pay a $250 co-payment for each hospital visit. In addition, coverage of mental health treatment would be eliminated.

Carrion also says Bronx residents working in the health care industry face losing their jobs. Both Mayor Bloomberg and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer agree Pataki's plan is not adequate for the people of the Bronx and city.

Despite the opposition, the governor says the plan will save the city around $380 million next year. The state Legislature has rejected past efforts to trim Medicaid.

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