Your Weekly Dose of Health August 12, 2016
** As you may be aware, step therapy, or “fail first” legislation, A.2834D (Titone) / S.3419C (Young), passed the NYS Senate and Assembly in the final week of the Legislative Session. Please take the time to call Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390 and urge him to sign this legislation into law, as it’s in the best interest of New York patients and providers! Click here for more information on step therapy
- The DEA on Thursday denied a petition to move marijuana from a schedule one drug to a schedule two drug, which has upset those hoping to further its potential medical uses. Reclassifying marijuana would have made it easier for scientists to gain approval for medical studies.
- The Obama administration is moving $81 million from other health related projects to fund work on creating a Zika Vaccine. Congress had failed to approve any funding for fighting the Zika virus.
- Senator Chuck Schumer introduced new legislation to make illegal nearly two dozen chemicals used in the production of synthetic marijuana.
- The Cuomo administration late last week approved the largest health insurance rate increase since the Affordable Care Act first took effect. The new rates begin in January.
- New York State is moving forward with creating a database to help track health care costs and quality.
- New York City’s Department of Health released a report this week on heroin and fentanyl overdoses in the city.
- The health department this week expanded guidelines regarding who should be tested for the Zika virus.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio this week signed a bill requiring the city to provide lactation rooms for nursing mothers in city offices.
- The United Hospital Fund is holding its 2016 Gala on September 26th at the Waldorf-Astoria. See more here.
- The New York Academy of Sciences is hosting a conference on September 16th regarding the ethics and value of big data for obesity research.
- Philanthropy New York is hosting an event on September 27th about the challenges of the current health care work force.
- Click here for upcoming meetings, hearings and events from the state Department of Health.