Your Weekly Dose of Health February 5, 2016

National News:

  • Approximately 12.7 million people either enrolled in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act or had their insurance renewed, according to the Obama administration. Four million enrollees were new to the federal system.

State News:

  • The state Assembly passed their paid family leave bill, which offers workers 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a family member or a new child.
  • The governor expanded free testing for the Zika virus, covering all pregnant women who have gone to affected countries.
  • Governor Cuomo announced this week a new web based program aimed at helping New Yorkers struggling with addiction find treatment.

New York City News:

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday delivered his State of the City speech, which included proposals to expand health care access in different parts of the city.
  • NYC’s health department announced expanded hours for STD clinics as part of its fight to end the AIDs epidemic.

Upcoming Hearings and Events:

  • The New York State Health Foundation and the United Hospital Fund willco-sponsor a conference on February 9th called “Health Care 2021: A Vision for New York”.
  • Grantmakers in Health (GIH) will be holding their annual conference on health philanthropy from March 9th – 11th in San Diego.
  • The New York State Public Health Association is holding its annual meeting and conference called “Building a Healthier Future Through Collaboration” on April 21st and 22nd in Cooperstown.
  •  Click here to see upcoming Department of Health meetings, hearings, and events.