Weekly Healthcare Policy Roundup

Weekly Healthcare Policy Roundup

Every week, the Community Healthcare Network policy team brings you a summary of pressing New York City, New York State, and national and international healthcare news.

Catch the latest edition every Tuesday!

March 20, 2018 City allocates additional funding to opioid overdose prevention initiative. Medicare beneficiaries experience gaps in dental care due to lack of coverage. Mental health experts fear state budget provision will negatively impact patient access to care.

Recent Editions:

  • March 14, 2018 New York City Council passes legislation expanding services for homeless youth.  Cuomo and de Blasio Administrations debate how to handle NYCHA infrastructure issues.  Anger over decision to close psychiatric ward in Upper Manhattan hospital
  • March 6, 2018 FDA Commissioner proposes nationwide opioid prescribing and monitoring system. Uber Health rolls out nationwide program providing transportation to and from healthcare appointments. Study highlights positive impact of cognitive therapy and group education among low income, chronic pain patients.
  • February 27, 2018 Governor Cuomo rejects Trump’s proposal to reopen mental institutions and arm school teachers. Federal family planning application promotes abstinence –based programs. Study links regular podiatric care to positive health outcomes and cost-savings.
  • February 20, 2018 NYS Department of Financial Services announces investigation into alleged insurance denials among PrEP users. Medically-assisted treatment reduces opioid deaths among previously incarcerated individuals. Secretary of Health and Human Services indicates openness to gun violence research.
  • February 14, 2018 Congress reauthorizes community health center funding for next two years. Trump Administration proposes replacing food stamps with monthly food boxes. Federal budget expands telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries.
  • February 6, 2018 New report highlights barriers in mental health care access among veterans. New York City health department considers the feasibility of supervised injection facilities. Rates of secondhand smoke exposure are decreasing in NYC, however smoking still an issue.
  • January 30, 2018 Governor Cuomo announces that New York State will cover health insurance for DACA recipients if the program is terminated. New York State to enforce inclusion of mental health education school curriculums beginning July 2018. New bill sets parameters for health plan involvement in patient care decisions.
  • January 23, 2018 Congress ends government shutdown and renews CHIP funding in short-term bill. New study finds high rates of tobacco use among military veterans . Governor Cuomo addresses federal uncertainty and budgetary gaps in 2019 state budget proposal.
  • January 16, 2018 New report shows significant increase in opioid-related deaths among homeless population.  Governor Cuomo proposes expanding telehealth access to Medicaid patients at home. Trump administration halts program assessing evidence-based programs and best practices.
  •  January 9, 2018 Trump Administration terminates remaining members of HIV/AIDS advisory council. 2017 was a slow year for reproductive health policies in New York State. Public health advocates fear impact of steep tax cut on alcoholic products.
  • January 3, 2018 Trump Administration terminates remaining members of HIV/AIDS advisory council. 2017 was a slow year for reproductive health policies in New York State. Public health advocates fear impact of steep tax cut on alcoholic products.
  • December 21, 2017 Cuomo vetoes bill proposing a permanent carve out of SBHCs from the Medicaid Managed Care program. Department of Health and Human Services bans CDC from using “banned words” in 2018 budget proposal. New York State moves to No.11 in national health access and affordability ranking.
  • December 12, 2017 Congress avoids government shutdown by voting on short-term continuing resolution. VA Secretary reverses decision to divert money from veteran homelessness program. New study finds that geriatric patients are often over-prescribed medicine.
  • December 5, 2017 HIV infection detected sooner in U.S.; incidence rates decrease in New York. U.S. Department of Agriculture relaxes Obama-era school lunch requirements. State legislation expands NP responsibilities and looks to advance career opportunities
  • November 29, 2017  Updated Human Rights Law protects veterans from discrimination in various public sectors. Nearly one-third of transgender patients lack regular access to health care. City Health Department finds disparities in opioid treatment by age group and borough of residence.
  • November 21, 2017 Brooklyn Borough President criticizes lack of diabetes prevention programming. NYC Housing Authority fails to inspect over 42,000 housing units for lead exposure. City to launch committee investigating maternal death rates.
  • November 14, 2017 Cuomo considers revamping Health Homes program to address reimbursement challenges. House passes bill to extend mental health care to veterans with other-than honorable discharge. City Council requires naloxone training for homeless shelter staff.
  • November 7, 2017 House of Representatives passes Championing Healthy Kids Act despite opposition from Democrats. Paid sick leave now includes recovery time for victims of sexual violence. The fight for employer contraception coverage continues through federal lawsuit
  • October 31, 2017 New York City ranks 4.5 out of 5 on Reproductive Freedom Index; Trump stops short of declaring opioid epidemic a “national emergency;” New York State ties with California as a leader in patient-centered medical homes.
  • October 24, 2017 Trump Administration announces lift of immigrant travel ban in favor of extreme vetting. Governor Cuomo announces additional tobacco regulations. Study finds significant barriers to mental health care among Asian New Yorkers.
  • October 17, 2017 Trump to officially declare opioid crisis a “national emergency” next week. New York State Attorney files lawsuit in response to cuts to cost-sharing reduction payments. Brooklyn councilmember proposes legislation mandating contraception coverage for NYC employees.
  • October 10, 2017 New York State officials respond to federal relaxation of contraception coverage mandate. Study finds that SNAP recipients have lower healthcare costs than low-income residents outside the program. NYC Department of Health Releases first Latino-focused health report.
  • October 3, 2017 Lawmakers rush to pass legislation extending funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program. Gun violence approached as a public health issue by lead physician group. Department of Health launches new lactation pods to promote breastfeeding.
  • September 19, 2017 City Comptroller reports lack of comprehensive sex education throughout NYC schools. Last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill gaining momentum among Republican senators. New report finds ACA benefitted uninsured veterans in New York and nationwide.
  • September 12, 2017 Funding for Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) remains uncertain as congressional deadline approaches. Education Department releases sepsis curriculum guidelines for NYS schools. Manhattan-based study finds Asian and Hispanic women at higher risk for lupus complications than white women.
  • September 5, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. NYS Department of health announces new programs supporting healthcare delivery. Recent study finds New York State ranks low for obesity, but high for diabetesAugust 29, 2017 Bronx Council Member Rafael Salamanca proposes stocking opioid overdose kits in schools buildings. Two large insurance plans leave NYS marketplace despite executive order. NYS Department of Health honored for high vaccine rates among adolescents.
  • August 25, 2017 Cuomo Administration announces regulatory guidance to protect transgender patients from discrimination by insurance companies. NYC Department of Health postpones enforcement of calorie label law as it battles FDA lawsuit. Overdose death rates rising among teenagers.
  • August 15, 2017  Trump declares the ongoing opioid crisis a “national emergency.” New York City Council passes legislation targeting smoking and tobacco use. New study find that colon cancer rates are rising among white Americans, decreasing among black Americans
  • August 8, 2017 New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report on the impact of Title X funding among NYC women and families. Use of NYC mental health hotline exceeds expectations by 25 percent. NYS Medicaid now covers inpatient use of pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) for infants with qualifying conditions.
  • August 2, 2017 The Senate GOP did not pass legislation which would repeal or reform healthcare. Female Senators are primarily respon-sible for protecting healthcare for millions of Americans. There will be no changes to military policies around transgender individuals, despite Trump’s tweets.  The NYS Medicaid Director indicated that the state is seeing a decrease in avoidable
  • July 28, 2017 Medicaid initiative aims to reduce overutilization of health services by providing better care earlier in life. United Nations reports half of worlds HIV population now on antiretroviral treatment. New York State adopts regulations mandating insurance coverage for employees taking leave to care for family members.
  • July 18, 2017 The GOP health bill is dead, for now, as too many Senators say they will vote against the bill. Alzheimer’s researchers have discovered that stressful experiences can lead to cognitive disorders, including dementia. The FDA recommended a groundbreaking cancer therapy for approval, the first of its kind to use a patient’s own altered.
  • July 11, 2017  *Special Edition* What’s going on with federal efforts to pass healthcare legislation?
  • June 13, 2017 The NYC FY18 budget included funding to ensure all public schools have gymnasium space by 2021. The NYC DOHMH released the LGBTQ Bill of Rights, which outlines the legal rights that LGBTQ individuals have in the healthcare setting. Overdose deaths increased by 19% last year, and are expected to continue increasing this year.
  • June 6, 2017 Gov. Cuomo announced protections for ACA provisions in NYS, regardless of federal activity. Summer is around the corner, and the NYC DOHMH has a new Zika campaign. Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council reached a tentative budget agreement.
  • May 23, 2017  NYC implemented expansive nutrition labeling requirements for chain restaurants and food retailers.  WHO has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One in eight Americans are food insecure, and primary care providers are beginning to screen for this.
  • May 16, 2017 NYC is developing diversion centers, where individuals with mental illness will be diverted instead of jails or hospitals. New York City Council passed a bill to create a sexual education taskforce, working to-wards ensuring NYC public schools provide adequate sexual education. According to the CDC, cases of hepatitis C have significantly increased.
  • May 9, 2017–  Mayor de Blasio updated an existing program to move homeless individuals into shelters. A new study has determined that children are getting less physical activity than ever. The “death gap” between Black and White Americans is declining.
  • May 2, 2017 -The new American Health Care Act (ACHC) has been released—and it makes significant cuts to coverage. Mayor de Blasio released the NYC FY 18 Executive Budget, which did not include any major changes to healthcare. Based on a study of Berkeley, CA, the “soda tax” decreases consumption.
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