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!

Latest Edition:

  • 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.

Recent Editions:

  • 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.
  • April 25, 2017–  Governor Cuomo issues guidance requiring health insurers to cover fertility treatments regardless of sexual orientation or marital status. Mayor de Blasio introduced a smoking cessation plan that targets access to tobacco products.  Air pollution in NYC has decreased.
  • April 18, 2017NYS adopted regulations which allow minors to consent to HIV prevention and treatment, including PrEP and PEP. Researchers found that counties who banned trans fats resulted in a decrease in hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke. Fentanyl continues to wreak havoc across the US—what to know about the deadly drug.
  • April 11, 2017 The New York State budget was released, nine days late, and includes minimal changes to healthcare. The New York State LGBTQ Health and Human Services Needs Assessment was released, and demonstrates challenges accessing healthcare for these populations.
  • April 6, 2017 According to the DOHMH, NYC is leading the county in HPV vaccination rates for boys and girls aged 13-17. Cases of mumps were higher than normal last year, and are expected to continue this year. The rates of heroin use continue to grow in the US, with the highest rates of use among white individuals.
  • March 21, 2017 NYC announced $38m in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic, Elizabeth Crowley (City Council- Queens) passed three bills on reporting for women’s health services, and New York State improved in The Commonwealth Fund rankings of national health programs.
  • December 13, 2016 The health department unveiled a new campaign “save a life, carry Naloxone,” Congress passed the 21st Century Cures, NYS adopted regulations increasing Medicaid covered services for transgender youth.
  • December 6, 2016 There has been an increase in cyclist deaths due to traffic incidents, the federal government has banned smoking in public housing, Governor Cuomo reaffirmed his commitment to fighting AIDS

  • November 29, 2016 City Council is funding food pantries for low-income schools, the Children’s Health Fund released a study on pediatric access to essential healthcare, NYS will allow NPs to prescribe medical marijuana

  • November 15, 2016 President-elect Trump stated he may keep portions of the ACA, legislators in Albany are pushing the Governor to pass language on abortion that matches federal language, advocates are pushing for increased crisis intervention training for NYPD officers

  • November 8, 2016 It’s almost flu season – get your shot now! Diabetics in NYC are not following health guidelines, stress of gun violence leads to long-term health conditions

  • November 1, 2016 Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness in NYC, disrepair in NYCHA housing is causing illness, mental health services for youth are lacking in the US

  • October 28, 2016 The NYC homeless population is the highest it has ever been—with over 60,000 individuals sleeping in shelters, NYS is implementing regulations in hospitals that will encourage mothers to breastfeed, hopefully up to the full six months, the CDC now recommends only two HPV shots for minors aged 11– 14, instead of the previously recommended dose of three shots

  • October 11, 2016 Cases of Hepatitis B are rising in New York City, NYS has proposed to cover transgender related hormones for teenagers, a breakdown of Clinton and Trump’s healthcare plans

  • October 5, 2016 NYC is using $100,000 to study the impact of supervised injection facilities, Gov. Cuomo signed landmark legislation to teach mental health in schools, the CDC issues additional travel warnings to avoid the Zika virus

  • September 27, 2016 New cases of HIV in New York City are falling, one in three New Yorkers, and 50% of NY Children are enrolled in Medicaid, PwC Reports that stress counteracts the impact of a healthy diet.

  • September 20, 2016 NYS released a multi-faceted statewide suicide prevention plan, NYS also awarded $87 million in health IT grant dollars, and the CDC reported that 28% of US adults get no physical activity

  • September 13, 2016 NYS is investing $75 million into improving senior nutrition, obesity is down in NYS, and in 2015, fewer teenagers drank of smoked than ever before

  • August, 30, 2016 The Coalition for the Homeless released a report indicating that homeless numbers are growing in NYC, and that Governor Cuomo is dragging his feet on releasing funds to develop housing, city health officials released a goal of having 80% of primary care practices become patient centered medical homes by 2020, and the American Heart Association lowered the recommended sugar intake for kids and teens

  • August 23, 2016 NYC is investing $150 million into five “Anchor Parks,” Governor Cuomo signed legislation allowing minors aged 16 & 17 to consent to organ donation, The Commonwealth Fund released a study on who are the remaining uninsured

  • August 16, 2016 Medical providers are hitting the streets to help the homeless, the Bronx is getting a new food distribution center to help upstate NY farmers, scientists have found proof of “late-onset microcephaly”

  • August 9, 2016 The NYC DOH is recommending that New Yorkers stay away from sections of Miami, the CDC released a new report on smoking – it found that overall smoking is declining, but smoking among disadvantages groups is becoming more concentrated, a study found that one hour of exercise can offset sitting all day

  • August 3, 2016 REGISTER TO VOTE, NYC is expanding “Health Bucks”, DFS issued a statement to insurers ensuring coverage for mental health services, the CDC updated their guidelines on screening for pregnant women

  • July 19, 2016 City Council expanded access for lactating mothers, NYS reached a record low number of new HIV diagnoses, Congress introduced and passed legislation to expand Nurse Practitioner capabilities

  • July 12, 2016 Governor Cuomo expanded SNAP benefits, NYS Medicaid will cover previously dubbed “cosmetic” procedures for transgender individuals, Hillary Clinton promised to double FQHC funding, Zika update

  • June 28, 2016 SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Summary of legislation passed in the New York City Council and the New York State Legislature

  • June 21, 2016 The DOHMH released a report tying high-poverty in children and adolescents to psychiatric hospitalizations, the NYS legislation session wrapped, a Zika update

  • June 14, 2016 The ADA found that cost is the biggest barrier to oral health, Gov. Cuomo and state leadership reached a tentative heroin/opioid deal, CA passed legislation allowing immigrants to purchase health insurance through the ACA

  • June 7, 2016 NYC to begin fining chain restaurants that do not  include a salt shaker icon next to foods containing more than the recommended daily allowance of sodium, community health concerns around immigrant communities traveling to Caribbean countries to visit family, the birth rate for teens hits a historic low

  • May 24, 2016 NYS implemented a program to enroll low-level offenders into support systems instead of sending them to jail (LEAD), the FDA approved a new nutrition panel which separates natural and artificial sugars, Zika update – 279 confirmed cases of pregnant women with the Zika virus in the U.S.

  • May 17, 2016 Governor Cuomo introduced HIV/AIDS legislation which will advance initiatives of the End of the Epidemic Blueprint as well as announced a task force to combat the heroin/ epidemic in NYS, the FDA is re-examining the factors used to determine if food can be classified as “healthy”

  • May 9, 2016 Emergency room admissions related to the use of synthetic cannabis have declined 85%, psychiatric nurse practitioners are now able to recommend gender transition surgery, a Health Affairs study demonstrated the link between increased social spending and increased health outcomes

  • May 3, 2016  New York insurers to expand coverage of effective hepatitis C medication (Harvoni), a Guttmacher Institute study found that sexuality education for teens is declining nationally

  • April 26, 2016 Mayor de Blasio announced his plan to combat Zika in NYC, the Commonwealth Fund released a stakeholder analysis of DSRIP, and the CDC announced that suicide rates in the US have dramatically increased

  • April 19, 2016 JAMA researchers identified that low-income New Yorkers live longer than low-income individuals nationally, the New York State Senate passed legislation to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, CDC officials confirmed that the Zika virus causes Microcephaly

  • April 12, 2016 The NYS budget fell short of Governor Cuomo’s promises to HIV/AIDS advocates, recent CDC data demonstrates that adolescents are not receiving the HPV vaccinations, a Georgetown University study found that individuals newly insured under the ACA are continuing to seek care at safety net providers

  • April 5, 2016 NYC public schools have not had their water tested for lead in over ten years, the NYS Executive Budget was finalized, President Obama released his plan to combat the opioid epidemic

  • March 29, 2015 NYC DOHMH report on homeless deaths in NYC, increasing rates of syphilis in NYC young men, updated CDC guidelines on Zika prevention for men and women

  • March 22, 2016  NYS Assembly unanimously passed legislation to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, NACHC released a report on workforce staffing difficulties in CHCs, Britain will introduce a tax on sugary soda beverages

  • March 15, 2016  Update on the fight for nutrition warnings in NYC restaurants, Assembly and Senate budgets include $54.4m in CHC funding, CVS is investing $50m in youth anti smoking campaign

  • March 8, 2016 DOHMH reported that poverty level increases risk of infectious disease, New York State FQHC’s at risk of losing $54.4 million in funding, independent pharmacies will not offer Narcan over the counter.

  • March 1, 2016 NYC has a shortage of affordable housing for seniors, NYS ranked 18th in the nation for preventative services, according to the CDC the flu shot is very effective (59%!)

  • February 23, 2016 NYS is poised to pass legislation eliminating the tax on feminine hygiene products, the CDC released a study reporting that over 1/3 of Americans do not get enough sleep, the Pope changed his stance on the use of contraception to combat spread of the Zika Virus

  • February 9, 2016 Mayor De Blasio signed bills which require the Dept. of Education to report on the provision of sexual education in NYC schools, Governor Cuomo issued an executive action banning insurance coverage for conversation therapy, the White House asked Congress for $1.1 billion to combat opioid addiction

  • February 2, 2016 The NYS Assembly passed the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), the National Cancer Institutes released a joint statement calling for an increased push for HPV vaccines, HHS released a report demonstrating the there is poor access to pediatric dental through the Medicaid program

  • January 26, 2016 Health highlights from Mayor De Blasio’s $82.1 billion FY17 preliminary budget, NYS extended the Human Rights Law to include gender identity, and an update on the Zika virus

  • January 19, 2016 Researchers found an “alarmingly high” rate of hypertension among NYC homeless individuals, Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State, and proposed 12 weeks of paid family leave and to broaden HIV testing and treatment consent laws for minors.

  • January 12, 2016 Mayor De Blasio’s updated plan to address homelessness, the updated White House dietary guidelines, and an analysis of President Obama’s gun control executive actions

  • January 5, 2016 Governor Cuomo’s executive order on homeless individuals in inclement (FREEZING) weather, opioid users continuing to receive prescriptions after overdose, and an increase in colorectal cancer screening rates for older men

  • December 29, 2015 NYC anti-discrimination protections for transgender individuals, New York State unlimited healthcare exchange enrollment for pregnant women, and the Federal revision of the ban on blood donations for gay men

  • December 22, 2015 An NYC audit found a lack of control in the Department of Homeless Services and dangerous conditions in NYC shelters, a New York State judge reversed the vaccine mandate for children, and the federal government passed an omnibus budget while included $1.5 billion for community health centers

  • December 15, 2015 NYC data on opioid related overdoses, the Commonwealth Fund State Health System Scorecard was released (New York ranked 13th), and the White House provided an update on SNAP benefits

  • December 8, 2015 Analysis of the NYC building healthier communities initiative and the Senate budget reconciliation vote, as well as information on the latest CDC HIV/AIDS Campaign, “Doing It”

  • December 1, 2015 The NYC Mental Health Roadmap, updated to City Council HIV/AIDS funding, and the Federal HEP C drug pricing debate

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