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Statement from NYC & NYS Legislative Chairs Carlina Rivera, Mark Levine, Richard Gottfried, and Gustavo Rivera on Contact Tracing Leadership Decision

"It is startling that months into the worst public health crisis our City has ever faced, the de Blasio administration is undertaking a bureaucratic reshuffling that creates new and unnecessary obstacles for the critical, complicated and sensitive work...

Assembly Passes Legislation Providing Sick Leave for All New Yorkers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Yesterday both houses of the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation to immediately provide all New Yorkers with sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic. I cosponsored the bill, A.10153/S.8091, which was introduced by Assembly Member...

Assembly Health Committee Update

The Assembly Health Committee favorably reported 31 bills at its January and February meetings. The Committee reported bills to extend Medicaid coverage for new mothers; reform the distribution of indigent care pool funds for hospitals serving low-income...

Protecting Maternal Health: Women's Health Professionals Join Health Committee Chairs to Call for Extended Medicaid Eligibility

Albany, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, advocates, and health care provider associations gathered today to call on the Legislature to pass the "Beyond the Fourth Trimester" bill, S.7147-A/A.9156 which...

Gov. Cuomo Vetoes Bill to Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Protect Consumers

Governor Cuomo this evening vetoed legislation to increase oversight, transparency, and accountability of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs are companies that manage prescription drug benefits for health plans. Their negotiations, discounts, and...

Nursing Home Oversight: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Reporting, Enforcement Processes

A new law expanding nursing home reporting requirements, quality oversight, and financial transparency was signed by Governor Cuomo on December 16. The bill, A4757A/S5908, was sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senate Health...

Rand Corporation Study Confirms: New York Health Act ‘Could Expand Coverage While Reducing Total Health Spending’

(New York, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, sponsors of the New York Health Act in the New York State Legislature, welcomed the findings of a study of the bill by the highly-regarded, independent,...

Protecting Family Planning

Dear Friends, Today I submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), strongly opposing Federal rule changes that will limit women's access to comprehensive family planning. I urge you to do the same. You have until...

Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana as Opioid Alternative and Addiction Treatment

The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed legislation allowing use of medical marijuana to treat pain as an alternative to using opioids to treat pain, and for treatment of substance use disorders. A11011A/S8987A(Gottfried/Amedore) passed both...

Assembly Passes New York Health Act

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried today announced that the Assembly has passed the New York Health Act. The legislation would establish a universal single payer health plan that would provide comprehensive health...
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Assembly Health Committee Update: Protecting Access to Reproductive Care

The Assembly Health Committee favorably reported 11 bills at its meeting on April 30. The Committee reported bills authorizing adoptees to obtain copies of their birth certificates; to allow collective bargaining by health care providers with health plans;...

Assembly Health Committee Update

The Assembly Health Committee favorably reported 33 bills at its meetings on January 23, January 29, February 4, and February 11. The Committee reported bills expanding the conditions list for medical marijuana; establishing a maternal mortality review...

Assembly Health Committee Update: Protecting Access to Reproductive Care

The Assembly Health Committee favorably reported 12 bills at its first meeting of the 2019 legislative session on January 15. The Committee reported bills guaranteeing a woman’s right to choose; requiring feminine hygiene products to be offered for...

January Assembly Health Committee Update: Protecting Access to Reproductive Care

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 36 bills at its first four meetings of the 2017 legislative session in January. The Committee reported bills guaranteeing a woman’s right to choose; restoring the “prescriber prevails”...

Assembly Health Committee Update: April - June

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 71 bills at its meetings on April 12, May 4, May 10, May 17, May 23, June 1, and June 15. The Committee reported bills to strengthen health and safety enforcement in adult homes; promote HIV/AIDS research...

Assembly Health Committee Update: April New Legislation Advanced to Improve Access to Medical Marijuana

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 10 bills at its meeting on April 5. The Health Committee had not met since its March 1 meeting because of work on the state budget. The Committee reported bills to expand public access to epinephrine...

Assembly Health Committee Update: January - March

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 42 bills at its meetings on January 26, February 2, February 25, and March 1. The Committee reported bills to protect service access for traumatic brain injury patients; prohibit the sale of flavored...

Assembly Health Committee Update: January

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 22 bills at its first meeting of the 2016 session on January 21. The Committee reported the bill to establish safe staffing requirements in hospitals and nursing homes (A8580, Gunther). The evidence...
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