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Assembly Health Committee Update

The Assembly Health Committee favorably reported 21 bills at its meetings on April 19 and 27 including the New York Health Act single-payer bill; “safe staffing” bill to ensure appropriate staffing levels in nursing homes; bills to expand...

Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care: Assembly Health Committee Advances Nursing Home Package

On Monday, March 1, the Assembly Health Committee advanced several bills to improve patient safety, accountability, and quality of care in nursing homes.These are part of an Assembly package of nursing home reform bills, including additional legislation...

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 reported 57 bills at its first three meetings of the year. Several of these were “chapter amendments,” which are new bills making minor changes agreed to as a condition of the Governor signing previous bills.The...

Assembly Health Committee Update

Sixty-eight bills approved by the Assembly Health Committee passed both the Assembly and Senate this year.Bills passed by both Houses include:The Health Committee also held hearings this spring on rural health care access and the New York Health Act single-payer...

Assembly Health Committee Update

Sixty-eight bills approved by the Assembly Health Committee passed both the Assembly and Senate this year.Bills passed by both Houses include:The Health Committee also held hearings this spring on rural health care access and the New York Health Act single-payer...

Decrim NY, Legislators Introduce First Statewide Bill to Decriminalize and Decarcerate Sex Trades in Nation's History

New York, NY – Today, Decrim NY and legislators unveiled Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act, a package bill to decriminalize and decarcerate the sex trades in New York. It is the first statewide bill of its kind in the nation's...

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 Health Committee Update:

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 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...

With Trump "Gag Rule" on Reproductive Health in Effect, Governor Cuomo Must Release Funding

"The Trump administration's "gag rule" about abortion and reproductive health services is in effect, barring family planning providers using federal funds (known as "Title X" funds) from offering patients information about birth control, abortion...

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,...

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