Your Weekly Dose of Health September 23, 2016

** Please join us on October 5th in Times Square for Beyond Pink: Sharing our Metastatic Breast Cancer Story Launches Educational Video and Photo Booth. This educational video booth provides tailored information and resources, specific to the metastatic breast cancer (MBC) community, to broaden the breast cancer conversation and be more inclusive of MBC. Click here for more information.

** 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.


National News:

  • In the run-up to the first presidential debate on Monday, the Dallas Morning News details how health care policy could change with the next administration.
  • A new study released this week from the RAND Corporation looks at the health care policies of the two presidential candidates and what effect those policies could have on the state of health care.
  • An op-ed piece in U.S. News and World Report by Dr. Jeffrey Leiberman, a Psychiatrist at Columbia University, highlights ways to improve mental health services for young people.
  • Globally, maternal mortality rates have fallen by more than a third over the last fifteen years. But in the United States the maternal mortality rate has risen.

State News:

  • Governor Cuomo this week announced funding to support programs that help older adults overcome mental health and addiction issues.
  • Here’s an article about New York’s use of Medicaid funds to build housing for people who have been in and out of hospitals.

City News:

  • First Lady Chirlane McCray talks to Essence about her aggressive promotion of mental health programs and awareness.
  • New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett penned an op-ed piece in the Daily News lambasting Congress for its inability to agree on new Zika funding.

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