Schneiderman, Cuomo launch $1B lawsuit against Trump administration

NEW YORK CITY (WSYR-TV) - The Trump administration is facing a $1 billion lawsuit from New York’s Governor and Attorney General for eliminating health care coverage for low income residents.

AG Eric Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo say New York’s Essential Plan – which is federally funded – covers approximately 700,000 residents.

They described withholding the funding for the state-run health insurance program, which is New York’s Basic Health Plan created under the Affordable Care Act, as “unlawful.”

They say the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) withheld the money from New York’s BHP “without adequate justification and in disregard of lawful procedure.”

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson also joined the lawsuit in defense of her state’s BHP.

“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,” Governor 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. We are joining together to stop this injustice and preserve New York’s Essential Plan for everyone that needs it.” 

Click here to read the lawsuit.

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