The Senate this week confirmed Robert M. Califf as the new head of the Food and Drug Administration by a vote of 89 to 4. Dr. Califf is a cardiologist and was a researcher at Duke University. President Obama nominated him in September.
A new policy requires that people who want to get health insurance after the open enrollment deadline must present proof of their eligibility.
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As Governor Cuomo continues to advocate for his Paid Family Leave proposal, Syracuse Senator John DeFrancisco said that Republicans may be willing to consider a “reasonable” program.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrack proposed opening a facility where heroin users can shoot up under the supervision of medical staff. Ithaca would be the first in the nation if they succeed in opening such a facility. The governor has not commented on the mayor’s idea.
Governor Cuomo today launched a video series to educate New Yorkers about addiction and treatment services.
AIDs advocates are upset with Governor Cuomo, arguing that he is underfunding his plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.
The group Healthcare for All New York is pushing to convince the state to expand healthcare access under the Affordable Care Act to include undocumented immigrants.
The Manhattan Institute is holding a conference on hospital consolidation and competition in New York State at the Harvard Club on March 23. Read more here.
The New York State Public Health Association is holding its 65th annual meeting and conference on April 21st and 22nd. See more here.