Hello and welcome to the New York Health Care newsletter on Monday, where we will keep you updated on what’s happening this week in the health care news and offer a look at the important news from last week.
It’s not summer yet, but it sure feels like it. After months of legislative proceedings and debates, things have finally started to calm down in Albany. Lawmakers are back in their districts; The 2022 campaigns are heating up, and the speech about lawmakers returning to Albany for a special session on a constitutional amendment on abortion still seems to be just that: talking. (Although that could change rapidly if the US Supreme Court, as expected, moves to take down Roe vs Wade in the next weeks.)
… The cases of Covid-19, meanwhile, have finally returned to decline having sprung up early this spring. The recent decline has led New York City officials to revoke a masking mandate for young children, one of the few remaining precautions in the pandemic era that was still in place in New York.
Another promising sign? The White House has signaled that children under the age of 5 could finally start getting vaccinated against the coronavirus as early as June 21.
Here’s what we’re looking at this week:
– Starting today, the children of New York you will no longer be required to wear face covers in schools and daycare centers. Mayor Eric Adams announced the end of the mask’s mandate for people ages two to four last week as Covid-19 cases continued to fall statewide.
– The Department of Health is expected to begin distributing the first round of funding from its new $ 25 million Abortion Provider Support Fund as early as Tuesday.
… DOH will release $ 10 million in phase one to organizations that are funded under the Comprehensive Family Planning Program and have provided medical or surgical abortions in the past 12 months. Each recipient will be guaranteed at least $ 100,000, according to a June 3 letter DOH sent a letter to the CFPP funding organizations outlining eligibility for funding and the application process.
– Wednesday, New Yorkers can begin evaluating draft regulations for the packaging, marketing and laboratory testing of adult cannabis.
… The proposals, which are based on the best practices in the sector and lessons learned in other states that launched adult marijuana sales, the Cannabis Control Board cleared earlier this month. They will appear on the state registry for a 60-day public comment period, starting June 15.
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FALLING SHORT – Shannon Young from POLITICO: For years, Albany lawmakers have sought to secure the right to abortion in the New York Constitution amid growing fears that the protections provided Roe vs Wade they are not as absolute as many have long believed. Over and over, they have failed. And it is a problem facing states across the country.
In New York, the Democrats behind the effort couldn’t agree on the final language of a state-level equal rights amendment that would have far-reaching implications beyond mere abortion protection. And with the Democrats in control of the legislature and governor’s office, there was little urgency to take out one. Then came the draft opinion of the Supreme Court which he deleted egg.
Advocates of abortion rights urged lawmakers to act, arguing that it is their moral obligation. Governor Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders have promised that New York will be a “safe haven” for people seeking abortion. And the legislature moved quickly to pass a series of bills related to abortion. But the constitutional amendment still failed.
LET’S MAKE A AGREEMENT – Joe Anuta from POLITICO, Madina Touré and Sally Goldenberg: Mayor Eric Adams announced on Friday a deal for his first budget: a $ 101.1 billion spending plan that increases funding for a range of public safety initiatives without increasing the NYPD’s allocation, offers homeowners houses a property tax discount without reducing real estate tax revenue and sets aside money for modest increases as the city’s unionized workforce negotiates expiring contracts.
The budget for fiscal year 2023, which will come into effect on July 1, fulfills the mayor’s and city council’s goals of funding their priorities by increasing savings. But it does little to achieve the belt Adams promised during last year’s campaign.
NEW GUN LAWS – Joseph Spector of POLITICO: The state raised the age from 18 to 21 to allow people to purchase semi-automatic weapons and tightened the reporting requirements of social media companies when alerted of credible threats of violence. The bills, recently passed by the legislature, form the nation’s largest package in the wake of the shooting of 19 children and two teachers who died on May 24 at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and the week-long mass shooting. before he killed 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket in a racist attack.
“It keeps happening,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a stern speech Monday in the Bronx before signing the bills and urging Congress to do the same. “The shots rang out. The flags go down and nothing changes. Him except here in New York. In New York, we are taking strong and bold action. “
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NOW WE KNOW – The needle size of your Covid-19 vaccine matters.
TODAY’S TIP – Wearing a face mask still helps protect against Covid-19, even if you’re the only one with a face cover, SELF reports.
STUDY THIS – The New York Times reports that a new study “found a surprising link between fish consumption and the development of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.”
The buffalo news examines how career programs could help alleviate staff shortages in nursing homes.
Foundation based in New York, the Milbank Memorial Fund, publicly apologized for his role in the Tuskegee syphilis study
Gannett reports on “how a New York woman’s near-fatal lead poisoning encounter inspired a quest for change.”
“Poland offers a glimpse what can happen when abortion is out of reach, “reports The New York Times.
Kaiser Health News reports that “the Biden administration is evaluating the need for the nation’s 15,500 nursing homes to spend the majority of their Medicaid payments on direct care to residents.”
STAT looks as a group of scientists is pushing to rename the monkeypox viruses, arguing that the current names are discriminatory.
Paul Demko and Mona Zhang of POLITICO report on “how a chewing gum heir fell into a sticky situation with weed”.
The right to abortion in some states could get to a handful of people running for positions that most voters pay little attention to: state supreme court justices, reports POLITICO’s Megan Messerly.
Bill Mahoney of POLITICO reports that lawmakers will likely return to the New York Capitol for a special session if the Supreme Court rules against the state in a weapons case, but that may not happen until next month.
Michigan abortion providers they are preparing for a ban – or a surge, reports Alice Miranda Ollstein of POLITICO.
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