Crain's Health Pulse: Cuts Would Hurt the Seriously Ill

September 15, 2011

Families USA, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association and the American Lung Association warned that Medicaid cuts in New York would hurt the sickest New Yorkers. Breaking down statistics on New York Medicaid patients by the health conditions for which they need care, researchers noted that of 4.3 million New Yorkers with heart disease or stroke, nearly 850,000 rely on Medicaid. Among New York's 538,000 cancer patients, 93,000 get Medicaid, and of 1.5 million diabetics, 354,000 have Medicaid coverage. The study found a similar number for chronic lung disease sufferers, with 637,000 of 2.3 million with such ailments relying on Medicaid. For lung disease, a high number of patients (581,000) are children and nearly half of those children (251,000) receive Medicaid. The study, "Medicaid's Impact in New York: Helping People with Serious Health Care Needs,” is at www.familiesusa.org