U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer told reporters in central New York today acknowledged the state government’s need for a $10 billion federal Medicaid waiver, saying “we’re doing everything we can” to get the application approved.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget is relying on the waiver to aid failing hospitals, but the approval also impacts items in his out-year budget planning.

Health Commissioner Nirav Shah called on the federal government on Tuesday to grant the waiver, which was first requested in 2012.

“We’re doing everything we can to get the federal government… to deliver that Medicaid money,” Schumer said. “It’s important to the state and we’re work to make that happen.”

Asked if he was confident the waiver would come through, Schumer said, “We’re doing everything we can to make that happen.”

New York officials say the waiver should be approved due to cost-savings achieved by the Medicaid Redesign Team developed by Cuomo.