Your Weekly Dose of Health April 15, 2016

National News:

  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders spent a portion of Thursday’s debate arguing over health care reform. Senator Sanders favors the more radical approach of instituting single payer healthcare. Secretary Clinton, on the other hand, would take the more cautious approach of building on the success of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pushing for a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the country.

State News:

  • Governor Cuomo announced this week $500,000 in funding for addiction treatment services in central New York and the Mohawk Valley region.
  • Governor Cuomo announced that victims of domestic violence can enroll for health care coverage year round, regardless of whether the usual enrollment period is open or closed.
  • The state Senate on Monday passed a bill to eliminate taxes on feminine hygiene products. The bill passed unanimously.

City News:

  • According to a study of inequality and longevity, low income New Yorkers tend to live longer than low income people of other cities, despite the fact that New York has among the highest level of inequality in the country.

Upcoming Events:

  • The New York State Public Health Association is holding its 65th annual meeting and conference on April 21st and 22nd. See more here.
  • The United Hospital Fund is holding its annual Medicaid Conference on July 14th in New York City. Read more here.