BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released a report Thursday from the Erie County Medicaid Inspector General. The report outlines the Medicaid usage in Erie County as it relates to costs, growth of usage and recipients.
The report says a federal and state program assists people with limited resources, but counties administer Medicaid and share costs. Erie County's share of Medicaid expenses is about 15 percent. New York has the most expensive Medicaid program in the country, however, the report says Governor Cuomo has a team working to reduce the costs and increase the quality.
The report finds 22 percent of Erie County residents received some form of Medicaid in 2010, with 30 percent of children receiving it. Medicaid clients are in all areas of Erie County according to the report.
According to the report, the number of people on Medicaid in Erie County is growing at an average rate of four percent a year. Last year Medicaid costs were $1,426,579,102 and Erie County's portion of the costs was $211,765,441. The report says the highest costing expenditures are managed care, home health and nursing home.
The report breaks down the average costs for Medicaid by age in 2010. The report says Medicaid recipients ages 65 and older average about $13,500 a year, ages 21-64 average about $7,800 a year and 0-20 years old average about $3,000 a year.
The five most filled prescriptions in 2013 were Hydrocodone - Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Omeprazole, Lisinopril and Asprin. Hydrocodone - Acetaminophen has been the top prescribed drug for six years.
Someone who works full time at minimum wage with at least one child qualifies for Medicaid. If someone wants to obtain an application they can do so at 858-8000 or in person at the Rath Building.
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