Your Weekly Dose of Health April 8, 2016

National News:

  • According to a recent Gallup poll, the rate of people uninsured has fallen to 11% for the first quarter of 2016, down from 11.9% this time last year. That marks the lowest uninsured rate since Gallup began tracking it in 2008.
  • An article in the New York Times discusses how health care provider mergers are changing regional markets, and the role regulators play.
  • Donald Trump’s ideas on healthcare raise the eyebrows of Republican experts, according to the Times.
  • Florida has agreed to provide better access to healthcare for poor children, settling a class action lawsuit.

New York State News:

  • Governor Cuomo this week signed into law paid family leave plan, which will when fully phased in grant employees up to 12 weeks of leave. The governor also penned an op-ed piece on paid family leave and the new minimum wage law. Read it here in the Daily News.
  • HIV/AIDS advocates are disappointed in the state budget’s level of funding to combat AIDS. The advocates accuse the governor of reneging on his promise to spend an additional $200 million fighting AIDS. $10 million in new spending for HIV/AIDS is what ended up in the budget.

Upcoming Events:

  • The New York State Public Health Association is holding its 65th annual meeting and conference on April 21st and 22nd. See more here.
  • The United Hospital Fund is holding its annual Medicaid Conference on July 14th in New York City. Read more here.