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PRESS RELEASE – Assembly to Pass New York Health Act Today

Assembly to Pass New York Health Act Today

Single Payer System Guarantees Health Coverage
for all New Yorkers

(Albany, NY, May 16, 2017) Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried announced the Assembly’s intent to pass the New York Health Act today. The universal “improved Medicare for all” single-payer health plan would cover every New York resident, regardless of wealth, income, age or health status (A.4738, Gottfried/S.4840. Rivera).

“While lawmakers in Washington debate giving tax cuts to the wealthy and cutting funding for health care for those who need it most, the Assembly Majority remains committed to ensuring every New Yorker has access to the care they need and deserve,” said Speaker Heastie. “The Assembly will once again pass this measure, but the recent action taken by Congress to strip more than one million New Yorkers of healthcare has proven it is time for our colleagues in the Senate to act as well.”

PRESS RELEASE: Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act Passes Assembly

PRESS RELEASE

“Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act” Passes Assembly

Bill Sets Standards for Adequate Hospital, Nursing Home Staffing

(6/14/16 – Albany)  The New York State Assembly today passed the “Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act” (A8580A/S782) with bi-partisan support.  The bill would set a maximum number of patients that nurses and other “direct care staff” can care for in hospitals and nursing homes (staffing ratios) and was based on peer-reviewed academic and evidence-based recommendations.

“Safe staffing is a critical step to ensuring the safety of patients and the safety of nurses,” said Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, the lead sponsor of the bill. “Study after study has shown that investments made in nurses are good investments – whether it’s ending mandatory overtime, requiring safe patient handling policies, or setting safe staffing ratios. As our system of care is evolving, patient outcomes are a key factor in determining provider payments. Safe staffing will improve outcomes, save money, and save lives.”

“Safe staffing saves lives, improves outcomes and reduces avoidable patient injuries,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried.  “Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) determined the odds of patient death increased by 7% for each additional patient the nurse must care for at one time.  The ratios and hours specified in this bill are based on peer-reviewed and evidence-based recommendations, and will ensure that hospitals and nursing homes are safer and provide higher quality care.”

PRESS RELEASE – Expanding Medical Marijuana Providers

Contact: Mischa Sogut, (518) 455-4941, SogutM@assembly.state.ny.us
5/26/16

Expanding Medical Marijuana Providers

The Assembly yesterday passed two bills to improve patient access to medical marijuana under the 2014 “Compassionate Care Act.”  Today, patients are struggling to find health care providers authorized to prescribe medical marijuana due to changes to the bill made by the Governor in order to secure his support.  These bills bring the law closer to the original bill as passed by the Assembly and supported by patients and their doctors.

A9510 (Gottfried): Authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants (NPs and PAs) to certify patients for medical marijuana. “New York law allows NPs and PAs to prescribe the strongest and most dangerous controlled substances, but not medical marijuana,” said Assembly Member Gottfried. “Patients in need should not be denied access to critical medication just because they are treated by a PA or NP.”

A10123 (Peoples-Stokes): There are only about 600 New York physicians registered to certify patients for medical marijuana, but no public list of them. As a result, patients are forced to cold-call doctors in hopes of finding one, or go through social media or other potentially unreliable sources. This bill would require the contact information of registered practitioners to be on the Department’s website (practitioners who do not wish to be listed could opt out). “I believe that current law – both the Compassionate Care Act and the Freedom of Information Law – requires that this list be public, as was the legislative intent. But apparently it needs to be spelled out.” said Assembly Member Gottfried.

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Pro Publica: NY Lawmakers Discuss Tougher Oversight for Nurses

by Rosalind Adams, Jessica Huseman and Daniela Porat, 4/26

New York legislators say they are discussing how to tighten regulation of nurses after a recent ProPublica investigation found dangerous gaps in the state’s oversight of the profession.

Deborah Glick, who chairs the Committee on Higher Education in the state assembly, said she has asked the education department to determine what powers it needs to better oversee the profession. Nurses are regulated by the Office of the Professions, which is part of the state’s education department.

 “We’ve been having conversations about background checks and fingerprinting,” she said, adding that the changes, along with other potential solutions, would require a legislative fix, though she did not specify what might be proposed.

Assembly Health Committee Update, 1/21/16

Assembly Health Committee Update

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 22 bills at its first meeting of the 2016 session on January 21.

The Committee reported the bill to establish safe staffing requirements in hospitals and nursing homes (A8580, Gunther). The evidence is clear that having enough nurses on staff has a direct impact on the quality of patient care. Research published by the American Medical Association estimates five additional deaths per 1,000 patients in hospitals with an 8-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio compared to those with just a 4-to-1 ratio. More nurses per patient means fewer deaths and improves patient outcomes. It is well documented that hospitals with better staff ratios have lower rates of problems such as pneu­monia, shock, and cardiac arrest.

The ratios in the bill are based on academic and evidence-based studies. The Health Department could also set more demanding and specific ratios. California was the first state to mandate nurse staffing ratios and it has seen significant improvements in outcomes for both patients and staff.

For more information on a particular bill, please contact the sponsor listed after the description. For the text of a bill, supporting memorandum, and information on its status, go to: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi

Genetic Disease Screening and Counseling – Authorizes grants for familial dysautonomia, Canavan’s and Tay-Sachs disease screening and counseling. (A126, Dinowitz)

Adult Home Residents Right to Sue – Lets adult home residents go to court for a court-appointed receiver to operate the adult home when the operator has endangered the health, safety, or welfare of the residents. (A154A, Weinstein) 

Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter (Audio)

January 13, 2016

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosts his 2016 State of the State Address, which will also include the annual budget presentation.

Christine Quinn, the President and CEO of Women in Need, will weigh in on the Governor’s plan to address issues of homelessness in the state.

We will hear which healthcare issues are at the top of the Assembly’s list this session from Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried (D – Manhattan).

Mark Dunlea, Chair of the Green Education and Legal Fund, previews the State of the Climate, a rally at the Capitol for clean energy and a sustainable future.

Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips looks at key issues the Governor is likely to propose.

Times-Union Commentary: Patients should be bottom line of care

The commentary by the Business Council‘s Lev Ginsburg on universal health care continues to rely on rhetoric and mistruths rather than the facts in an attempt to scare people. The health insurers and their allies use fear and labels like “socialized medicine” to attack a truly universal system, like Medicare but for everyone, that will give every New Yorker access to the doctor of their choice without premiums, deductibles or co-pays because the facts just aren’t on their side and are actually indefensible.

It’s reminiscent of how when Medicare was first proposed, the special interests who opposed it described it as “socialized medicine” and a threat to freedom and liberty. Now, Medicare is overwhelmingly popular and nobody would imagine getting rid of it.

Fact, a recent report from the independent Commonwealth Fund found that over a third of people forego care because of cost and another third get care but have trouble paying their bills — and this is considered good news, because those numbers have gone down.

Capital NY: The Private Option, & Other Health Issues in the New Session

By Laura Nahmias, Capital NY, January 8

ALBANY—Richard Gottfried, who has been an assemblyman since 1970, makes predictions each year about the health care agenda in New York State.

As he freely admits, his guesses are often wrong.

“Every year, something we thought was nothing turns out to be the dominant topic of discussion,” Gottfried said.

Last year, the big issue turned out to be medical marijuana, which Gottfried, the head of the Assembly health committee since 1987, had been pushing for for decades.

Assembly Health Committee Update

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 31 bills at meetings on April 29, May 6, May 13, and May 20, including legislation restricting the sale of liquid nicotine, ensuring that physicians can treat Lyme Disease without fear of professional discipline, and authorizing schools to stock and administer epi-pens.

Tuesday, April 29

Managed Care Patients’ Rights – Assures that a patient who is being treated for a terminal illness can still have access to the health care practitioner who is treating him/her even if the practitioner leaves the patient’s health plan network. (A366B, Dinowitz)

Hospital Environmental Health and Safety Notice – Requires hospitals to provide notice of environmental health and safety hazards to employees and patients. (A920, Englebright)

AP: New York Adopts Measures to Improve Patient Handling

New York Adopts Measures to Improve Patient Handling
By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. – (AP) — New York is directing health officials and hospitals to identify best practices for safely handling patients in an effort to reduce rough lifting and better protect staff from back injuries.

Legislation proposed by the Cuomo administration and approved by lawmakers in the state budget will establish a working group at the Health Department to review national data and demonstration programs, identify best practices and report by July 2015.

New York hospitals are required to establish committees, consider those measures and establish their own safe patient handling programs by 2017.