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09/27/2011

Governor Cuomo Vetoes OMIG Bill

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Bill that would have allowed for due process with Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG)


ALBANY, NY – The New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) announced today that Governor Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have ensured due process for providers of direct care to beneficiaries in the Medicaid program. The bill would have required the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) to extend the same due process protections to providers being audited by OMIG as exist elsewhere in state law and regulations.


“We are disappointed that Governor Cuomo has vetoed this important piece of legislation,” said Dr. Chad Gehani, President of NYSDA. “It has become increasingly difficult for our member dentists to treat Medicaid patients and we will continue to vigorously advocate on behalf of our members and the population served.”


This bill was sponsored in the Assembly (A.5686), by Richard Gottfried, (D-Manhattan), and in the Senate passed (S.3184), by Betty Little, (R-Glens Falls). Over 600 groups from around the state wrote in support of these bills. The Senate bill passed 62-0 on June 20 the Assembly bill passed 113-0, on June 23.


The New York State Dental Association, founded in 1868, is one of the largest constituents of the American Dental Association and represents more than 13,000 dentists practicing in New York State.