Your Weekly Dose of Health July 31, 2015

Time is running out! Encourage Governor Cuomo to sign the Prescriber Prevails legislation (A.7208/ S. 4893) for final passage by calling 518-362-8946 or filling out this form! This legislation clarifies the Prescriber Prevails process in Medicaid Managed Care and eliminates some of the hurdles that patients and prescribers must go through to make sure patients get the medications they need.

The New York State Health Department today announced the five companies who will be awarded licenses to legally manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in New York State.

A lawsuit recently filed in New York could be the next legal threat to the Affordable Care Act.  The plaintiff, Maria Marin, claims that her hours were reduced so that the employer could avoid paying for healthcare.  Her lawsuit argues that this violates Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

A new program in New York City aims to provide mental health care to low-income individuals.

An article in Capital New York this week takes an in depth look at the Affordable Care Act’s effect in New York.

A new Health and Human Services report looks at the impact of competition and consumer choice on the health care markets.

Medicare and Medicaid turned 50 this week.