New York State health officials are reporting progress curbing Medicaid costs for 6.3 million New Yorkers, telling lawmakers annual spending growth has dropped to 1.4 percent. Testifying Monday at a budget hearing, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says overall quality of care has improved along with growing enrollment. The Cuomo administration proposes spending $63.3 billion for that medical care of low-income residents in the coming fiscal year, the largest single component of its proposed $145.3 billion budget. Half is federally funded.