Press Releases

Universal Health Care Advocates Deliver Petition with 10,000 Signatures for Single-Payer Bill

Patient advocates and medical professionals joined Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and State Senator Bill Perkins for a press conference today in support of "New York Health" (A. 5389-A/S.2078-A), legislation creating a universal,...

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...

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Protecting Transgender Rights: "GENDA" Passes Assembly

The bill to protect transgender people under the State Human Rights Law was approved by the Assembly today by a vote of 84-46. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) will now be referred to the State Senate Investigations and Government...

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...

Medical Marijuana Clears Assembly Health Committee

The bill to let patients suffering from serious debilitating or life-threatening conditions be treated with marijuana under medical supervision was favorably reported from the Assembly Committee on Health on Tuesday, May 15 with a majority of Minority...

Advocates Press for Medical Marijuana Bill

Patients suffering from serious debilitating or life-threatening conditions could be treated with medical marijuana under medical supervision under a bill key legislators announced today. The bill has substantial support among the medical community, patient...

The Hudson River Park 14 Years Later: Reality Sets In

The Hudson River Park is in serious financial trouble. The State and City are committed to funding the completion of the Park, although the annual appropriations have slowed to a trickle. Several old structures in the Park are literally falling apart,...

Health Care for All New Yorkers Bill Introduction

When: Tuesday May 8, 2012 at 12 P.M. Where: Legislative Office BuildingLCA Room 130Albany, New York What: All New York residents would receive comprehensive health coverage under "New York Health," a universal health care bill to be introduced...

Health Budget: Good Work, More to Do

Statement byAssembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfriedon New State Budget Adopted Friday The health portion of the state budget includes important reforms to help control health care costs while protecting and improving the quality and accessibility...

State Legislators Line Up to Support the Affordable Care Act

Over 450 legislators from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will today announce their joint filing of an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 federal...

Avoiding Another Love Canal: Support a Moratorium on Hydrofracking

My name is Richard N. Gottfried. I represent the 75th Assembly District in Manhattan and I am the Chair of the NYS Assembly Committee on Health. I appreciate the opportunity to testify today before the Department of Environmental Conservation at this...

Gottfried Hails Passage of Marriage Bill

“This is a great day for New York. Legislators in both houses from both parties followed their moral compasses to point the way to extend this fundamental human right – marriage – to same sex couples. “Governor Andrew Cuomo’s...

Medicaid Investigation Bill Approved by Legislature

The state agency that investigates health care providers under Medicaid would be required to follow some new rules under a bill (A.5686-A/S.3184-A) passed by both houses of the State Legislature this week. The bill would set forth standards for the Office...

Protection of Transgender Rights: “GENDA” Passes Assembly

The bill to protect transgender people under the State Human Rights Law passed the Assembly with bi-partisan support on Tuesday, June 14 by a vote of 89 to 55. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is currently in the State Senate Investigations...

Health Care for All New Yorkers Bill Introduced

All New York residents would receive comprehensive health coverage under “New York Health,” a universal health care bill introduced by key legislators today. Under the plan, publicly-sponsored coverage would replace insurance company coverage,...

Assembly Health Committee Reports 33 Bills

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 33 bills at its meetings on May 3, 10 and 17. For more information on a particular bill, please contact the sponsor listed after the description. For the text of a bill, its supporting memorandum, and...

Adoptee Rights, Asthma, Anti-Smoking, and Due Process among Issues Moving in Albany

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 12 bills on Tuesday, April 12. For more information on a particular bill, please contact the sponsor listed after the description. For the text of a bill, its supporting memorandum, and information on...