Your Weekly Dose of Health March 11, 2016

State News:

  • Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi this week endorsed Governor Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal, along with 18 other members of Congress.
  • The Assembly’s one house budget proposal includes a $30 million plan to combat heroin use in New York. The proposal allots $15 million for treatment and prevention, $9 million for recovery services, and $6 million for programs to help people find treatment options.
  • AIDs advocates urged Governor Cuomo and the legislature to add $70 million to the state budget to help end the AIDS epidemic.
  • Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal is planning to introduce a bill to allow for “supervised injection facilities” so that addicts can use under the supervision of medical professionals. The mayor of Ithaca recently advocated a similar measure.
  • Assembly Member Richard Gottfried introduced a bill to change how medical marijuana works in New York State.

Upcoming Events:

  • 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.