Pressure Put on Adviser to Cuomo

New York Times
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ethics watchdogs and other groups on Wednesday urged New York’s state ethics commission to review whether Jeffrey A. Sachs, a health care adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, violated state law by failing to register as a lobbyist and called on Mr. Sachs to disclose the clients of his private consulting business.

Mr. Sachs was an adviser to Mr. Cuomo’s campaign for governor and was appointed in January to the governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team, which is charged with cutting billions of dollars from New York’s Medicaid program. He also runs a business, Sachs Consulting, whose clients include several major New York hospitals.

Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy, a group that fights efforts to limit tort lawsuits, called on Mr. Sachs to reveal his clients and the services that he provides them, though Mr. Sachs’s membership on the team does not require him to do so by law.

“The Medicaid Redesign Team is seriously considering new provisions that could limit the legal rights of patients at the recommendation of hospital and/or health industry representatives, which would allow substantial financial benefits to accrue to your clients,” Ms. Doroshow wrote in an open letter.

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