Families First

Health

All New York families deserve access to high-quality and reasonably priced health care. Investing in health programs and medical research benefits countless New York families. Helping families afford medication or protecting couples from losing their life savings when a loved one falls ill would help everyone achieve quality health care.

The NYS Assembly would invest in health care programs by:
  • Protecting seniors by restoring Medicaid and preserving spousal refusal
  • Preserving public health programs
  • Encouraging innovative medical research

News
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today joined with Assemblymembers Bill Magnarelli and Al Stirpe to announce $400,000 in funding for Crouse Hospital's opiate and heroin abuse prevention and treatment program, which provides services to patients from Syracuse and the surrounding 16 counties. In addition to inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, Crouse Hospital also operates the only methadone program in Central New York. "Heroin...
July 21, 2015
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Joe Morelle and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried announced the passage of legislation that would allow parent caregivers of chronically ill and physically disabled adults to serve as full-time personal assistants and receive compensation through the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) (A.7532-A, Morelle). This measure was also passed by the Senate...
June 19, 2015
The New York State Assembly announced the passage of legislation that would establish eligibility for a special enrollment period allowing pregnant women to enroll in health insurance policies in this state at any time (A6780-B, Simotas). Coverage would be effective the first of the month in which pregnancy is established. "Access to health care should be a right. However, under our current system, many New Yorkers do...
June 18, 2015
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried announced today that the SFY 2015-16 Budget provides more than $86.1 million in funding for Medicaid initiatives and restores millions in funding to support community health programs that will ensure access to quality, affordable care and service for New Yorkers. ¬ďAn adequately funded and accessible public health system is essential to protecting the health and...
April 1, 2015

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"As we traveled around the state, or met with people from around the state, we know that there are seniors in rural areas, there are seniors in suburban areas, and there are seniors in urban communities as well. But, we noticed when it comes to transportation and healthcare, and when it comes to senior citizen and prescription drugs, and when it comes to protecting seniors from fraud and safety and housing, seniors seem to have similar issues," said Assemblyman Barron, on legislation which would create an interagency council to coordinate the needs of senior citizens.