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Protecting New Yorkers with Bleeding Disorders

On March 24, I was proud to receive the New York State Bleeding Disorders Coalition’s 1st Annual Fred Winters Memorial Award.  The Coalition is a partnership of non-profits who advocate for New Yorkers with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia.

As Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, I worked last year to pass legislation expanding coverage of blood clotting products on an outpatient basis under Child Health Plus.  Although these were covered under CHP for inpatient care, outpatient coverage is faster, more accessible, and less expensive than requiring constant hospital visits for treatment.  Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law in October and it takes effect in April. 

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Meeting with representatives of the New York State Bleeding Disorders Coalition.  Credit: New York State Assembly Photography