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“Daily News: New York to Sue Trump Administration Over $1 Billion Funding Cut for State-Run Health Care Program”

January 29, 2018

As published by The New York Daily News, on January 26, 2018

New York is taking the Trump administration to court over its decision to cut off more than $1 billion in funding for Obamacare.

Gov. Cuomo and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Friday that New York and Minnesota were filing lawsuits challenging the President’s decision last fall to cut off the money that supported state-run health insurance programs.

In New York, the money supported the Essential Plan, a state-run insurance program for low-income New Yorkers that was authorized by the Affordable Care Act. New York and Minnesota were the only two states that chose to offer such plans.

“The Essential Plan is a lifeline for over 700,000 low-income New Yorkers,” Schneiderman said. “The abrupt decision to cut these vital funds is a cruel and reckless assault on New York’s families — and we will not allow it.”

Trump administration officials let it be known last fall that they would no longer provide New York and Minnesota with the funding as they rolled back federal support for Obamacare initiatives.

Cuomo has signaled that the state will continue its Obamacare programs regardless of the federal actions.

“The Trump administration’s action jeopardizes quality care for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers and goes against everything we stand for in New York,” Cuomo said. “In New York, we believe health care is a right, not a luxury, and we will fight to protect that right for all New Yorkers.”