State Senator: $1.17 billion burden off taxpayers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 2013 initiative which places a cap on Medicaid spending is saving taxpayers in Western New York.

State Senator Patrick Gallivan said county governments — like Erie County — are benefiting the most from the Medicaid cap, which forces New York State to assume more of the burden from the expensive program.

“Mandate relief is a key component of our ongoing effort to reduce New York’s high property taxes, and for county governments there is no greater burden than Medicaid,” Gallivan said. “By putting a cap on the local share of Medicaid costs, we can help counties control expenses…reduce property taxes.”

A three year period, which started in 2013 decreases the amount which Medicaid can cost local governments. In 2015, the cap will be zero; which means no increase in Medicaid costs for local governments.

The cap is projected to save $1.17 billion across the state over the next four years, and is expected to relieve $33 million from Erie County’s taxpayers and $7 million from Niagara County taxpayers.

Gallivan said he wants to eventually eliminate Medicaid from the list of local taxpayer burdens. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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