Your Weekly Dose of Health February 26, 2016

National News:

  • The Senate this week confirmed Robert M. Califf as the new head of the Food and Drug Administration by a vote of 89 to 4. Dr. Califf is a cardiologist and was a researcher at Duke University. President Obama nominated him in September.
  • A new policy requires that people who want to get health insurance after the open enrollment deadline must present proof of their eligibility.

New York State News:

  • As Governor Cuomo continues to advocate for his Paid Family Leave proposal, Syracuse Senator John DeFrancisco said that Republicans may be willing to consider a “reasonable” program.
  • Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrack proposed opening a facility where heroin users can shoot up under the supervision of medical staff. Ithaca would be the first in the nation if they succeed in opening such a facility. The governor has not commented on the mayor’s idea.
  • Governor Cuomo today launched a video series to educate New Yorkers about addiction and treatment services.
  • AIDs advocates are upset with Governor Cuomo, arguing that he is underfunding his plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.
  • The group Healthcare for All New York is pushing to convince the state to expand healthcare access under the Affordable Care Act to include undocumented immigrants.

Upcoming Events:

  • The Manhattan Institute is holding a conference on hospital consolidation and competition in New York State at the Harvard Club on March 23. Read more here.
  • The New York State Public Health Association is holding its 65th annual meeting and conference on April 21st and 22nd. See more here.