Your Weekly Dose of Health May 1, 2015

This week Governor Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force released their final Blueprint to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  At a press conference highlighting the final Blueprint and recommendations, Governor Cuomo gave a spirited speech, reiterating the goal of ending the epidemic by 2020.  Read more here.

The New York State Department of Health announced earlier this week that it is accepting applicationsfrom businesses interested in manufacturing and dispensing medical marijuana.  The application deadline is May 29th.

The New York State Health Foundation released their New York Payment Reform Scorecard, highlighting how healthcare gets paid for in New York.  New York is moving away from fee for service payments in favor of a more value based system.

The State Senate Health and Finance committees will meet to vote on approving Dr. Howard Zucker as the new health commissioner.  Dr. Zucker has been acting health commissioner for the past year.