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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...

500 Rally in Albany for Universal Single-Payer Healthcare

(Albany, NY) - As "Improved Medicare for All" gains increasing public support nationally, over 500 supporters-healthcare professionals, patients, small business owners, local government officials, and representatives of organized labor-rallied in Albany...

CVS and Aetna: ‘Too Big To Regulate?’

Yesterday, members of the New York State Assembly held a public hearing on the proposed merger of CVS Health and Aetna, Inc. Representatives from CVS Health and Aetna, consumer groups, pharmacists and physicians spoke before the Assembly Standing Committees...

Protecting Transgender Rights:

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act ("GENDA," A3358/S7010), State Human Rights Law and the hate crimes law, was approved by the Assembly today. "Transgender people - whose gender identity, appearance, behavior or expression differs from their...

Trump Administration Attacks State Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Laws

“This morning's news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Justice Department's longstanding policy of accepting state medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws directly threatens patients and health care providers in 29 states,...

Leading Unions, and Health Care Providers Announce New Support for Single-Payer Health Care

On Tuesday, February 11, key labor organizations, and health care groups announced their support for "New York Health" (A.5389A/S.2078A). New York Health, sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and State Senator Bill Perkins,...

Good Samaritan Overdose Laws Save Lives

A recent op-ed article in the New York Times, http://nyti.ms/YfclTf , tells heartbreaking stories of what happens when people are afraid to call for necessary emergency medical services. Most accidental drug overdose deaths are preventable if emergency...

Single Payer Health Plan for New York

Assembly Health Committee Advances 21 Bills

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 21 bills at meetings on Tuesday, January 29, and Tuesday, February 5, including legislation to protect patients in the event of denials of insurance coverage and to improve patient handling standards...

Standing Up for Patients: 7 Bills Advanced by Assembly Health Committee

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 7 bills on Thursday, January 24, including legislation to ensure that patients know their rights in hospital settings and that visually impaired patients receive audio recordings of their discharge plans....

Protecting New Yorkers from Environmental Health Risks

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 10 bills at its first meeting of the new legislative session on Tuesday, January 15, including legislation to combat lead poisoning and to protect air quality at day care facilities. For more information...

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