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Rep. Zeldin: Collins-Faso Amendment to the American Health Care Act "Jackpot of Mandate Relief" for Suffolk County Taxpayers

March 22, 2017
Press Release
"Single Greatest Act of Fiscal Relief Ever Provided to Suffolk County and its Taxpayers"

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) released the following statement today in support of the Collins-Faso Amendment, which was introduced by Congressmen Chris Collins (R, NY-27) and John Faso (R, NY-19) in the House this week. The amendment was included in the Managers Amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), H.R. 1628. 
Each year, New York spends $60 billion on Medicaid, which is the second highest spending level in the United States. New York State currently raises $7 billion from the counties outside of New York City to fund a $27 billion Medicaid liability. This amendment, which would shift the local share of Medicaid costs from Suffolk County to New York State, would provide counties with the flexibility to prioritize taxpayer dollars and reduce property taxes for residents. 
Congressman Zeldin said, “This amendment to the American Health Care Act is the single greatest act of fiscal relief ever provided to the County of Suffolk and its taxpayers. This legislation single handily flips Suffolk County's recurring massive nine figure budget deficits into budget surpluses. Taxpayers in Suffolk County are hitting the jackpot of mandate relief as a result of this proposal. For the County, and most importantly, Suffolk County residents, this is a dream scenario that lifts our county out of a very dire annual budget crisis. According to the Suffolk County Comptroller’s Office, this would save Suffolk County $4.6 million per week. New York State absolutely can and should identify and achieve the $2.3 billion amount of efficiency necessary and available in the state Medicaid system and make it clear that this can be achieved without harming any low income New Yorkers in need of coverage. If the state needs any ideas, I stand more than happy to assist.”